Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
Genesis 18:16-33 & Matthew 8:18-22
Abraham and Jesus had this in common with us today – they lived as we do in an age of great godlessness. Jesus’ response was to tell the crowds, “Do not fear, only believe.” (mark 5:36) rejoined by, “Follow me” – unconditionally. In Genesis we read the story of a man who was doing what Jesus advised 2,000 years before he said it. Abraham remained standing believing, without fear before the Lord and coming near to the Lord in prayer. As for us, facing up to the historic atrocities of our Government, and the godless policies that are not only allowed but promoted by the general public, we too re called to remain standing before the Lord and coming near to him in prayer believing in his love and mercy beyond any kind of fear. It is not up to us to descend into the pit of godlessness around us in judgment. That is the role of God and his angels, as it was in Abraham’s time, and in Jesus’ day. Rather, my role, and indeed the role of each follower of Jesus is to remain standing before the Lord and interceding without fear by faith for those who love truth and live mercifully. Today will I focus on the godlessness around us, or on the love and mercy of God? Holy Spirit of God, help me remain standing before the Lord.
Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name. (Psalm 103:1)
Come, Holy Spirit,
Burn away my fears,
Wipe away my tears,
Trusting you are here, Holy Spirit.
Mark Mallet, Come Holy Spirit see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hp0d9e60lNA
For the inspiring story of a missionary doctor’s take on trauma see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-8SLF9lgVj0
Soli ad gloriam
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Beverly Illauq lives in Kemptville, Ontario, where she greets each morning by seeking the Gospel Mystery of the Day - the Word of the Lord for direct and practical application to the specific challenges & joys of the day.