Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
The hard-heartedness of the Egyptians compelled them to hot-headedly pursue the Israelites into the bed of the Red Sea. Had they not pursued the Hebrews the Egyptian army would have lived to tell the tale. It was their hard-heartedness that made them race ahead, beyond the gracefulness of God. The Children of Israel on the other hand listened to counsel of the Lord, to stand firm (in faith), to be still (prayerful and open to God), and to walk forward – and they lived to pass on this incredible story of their deliverance when the waters of the Red Sea stood still either side of their path from one shore to the other. When I face frightening circumstances and challenges, I have the option to remain hard-hearted and to charge ahead with my own will and wisdom, or to stand firm in the faith and the love of God, to be still and prayerful, and to walk forward into the way prepared by God. What do I need to face in my life with firmness, stillness and forwardness? Holy Spirit of God, help me stand firm, be still, and walk forward.
O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good. It is he who remembered us in our low estate, and rescued us from our foes. (Psalm 136:)
Intensify your prayer time, meditation and good deeds. For if Satan’s temptations merely cause you to increase your efforts to grow in holiness, he’ll have an incentive to leave you alone.
St. Ignatius of Loyola
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.