Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
Joseph, the cherished younger son of Jacob-Israel, was the scapegoat for jealousy and judgement of his older brothers, as well as others in his adult life. At 17, he was stripped, thrown into a dry well and handed off to desert traders by 10 of his older siblings. That was just the beginning of his trials and tribulations. After being dragged by camel caravan for days he was sold into slavery into Egypt, and although he lived righteously in his master’s household, he was wrongfully imprisoned on false charges in an Egyptian jail. We all know the story of Joseph’s unfailing trust in the saving mercy of God, however. Having been brought up with a Hebrew understanding of the life-giving breath of Yahweh, Joseph retained his faith and lived into his Jewish heritage. Eventually through his righteous behaviour, Joseph became a trusted Egyptian ruler who ultimately saved not only millions of Egyptian civilians but also all of Jacob-Israel’s thousands-strong family members during a seven-year global famine. When I am at the bottom of a pit, being dragged along by circumstances beyond my control, or isolated (quarantined) from family, friends and all the amenities of modern society, will I, like Joseph, remain faithful to God and trust his mercy? Father God, help me to trust deeply into your grace.
I come to you, O Lord, for protection. Never let me be defeated. (Psalm 31:1)
Lord you have my heart,
And I will search for yours,
Jesus, take my life and lead me on…
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Soli ad gloriam Dei
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.