Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
Holy Spirit of God, let your words be my joy ...
Some days, when clouds of doubt and deceits from society around me crowd out the ‘Sun of righteousness’ – all that is good –I long for a ‘happiness-remedy’ that is sure, readily available and fast-acting. I can waste much time, energy and money trying out new experiences and entertainments, or, worse still, delving deep into my soul’s pleasures and addictions trying to freeze the pain of living. But what truly brings authentic joy? The words of the Lord when inwardly digested bring instant relief to the human heart, designed as it is to be filled with the Holy Spirit of God, because we human beings are created in the image of God. The words of the Lord are all around us –expressed in the poetry of scripture, the stories of humanity, the lyrics of hymns, in music, in the rustle of leaves, the songs of running water and even in the wail of a winter storm, bolts of summer lightening and rumbling thunder. Do I hear these words of the Lord? Holy Spirit of God, let your words be my joy and the delight of my heart, for I am called by your Name.
O my strength, I will sing praises to you, for you, O God, are my fortress, the God who shows me steadfast love. (Psalm 59:17)
The joy of the Lord is my strength.
The Prophet Nehimiah. Nehemiah 8:10
Soli gloriam dei.
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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.