Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
‘The Days of Punishment’ that mark transitions of one age to another are more consequences of faithless behaviour than the actions of a punitive god. Left to our own devices, humanity can quickly descend into a hellish state where there is mass destruction - of ecosystems, moral laws, human cities and constructions, and ultimately billions of human lives. Add to this erosion of all that is ‘good’, terrifying natural disasters such as floods and earthquakes and stress among the nations along with tsunamis, flood, forest fires produce a stressful world such as we live in today. This can be terrifying indeed! As the shadows of these terrors fall over my life, what can I say, what can I do? I can do what our Saviour Jesus counsels: I can (always!) make a choice when these things begin to happen to (firmly) stand up, lift up my head, and see our Salvation which is near. Holy Spirit of God, in times of terror, help me stand up, lift up my head and see our Salvation...
Know that the Lord is God. It is he that made us, and we are his; we are his people... (Psalm 95:7)
We need to stay tuned into the Word [and stand] and wait together to keep each other at home spiritually, so that when the Word comes, it can become flesh in us.
Henri Nouwen, Finding My Way Home
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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.