Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
Isaiah 40:25-31 & Psalm 103
Just as we physically need p to refresh all systems of body and mind, so our ‘hearts’, our ‘cour’age, that is our strength, needs a time of rest. Holy waiting does just that; when I wait wholly on God, in the holiness of his presence, my spiritual core is refreshed and restored. The Psalmist sings of the five ways God refreshes us as we wait within his Holy Spirit. First, God cleans the sludge out of our beings by forgiving us our iniquities -that are the imbalances God-ward, earth-ward, and in our relationships with those close to us and with the world at large - that have separated us from his absolute love and mercy. Then God heals our diseases, our areas of dis-ease, that are the consequences of our own, or others,’ sins. The next step of restoration is the redeeming of our lives from the Pit of darkness, deceit and depression, that is, from Hell. Then our loving Father crowns us with steadfast love and mercy, giving us power and protection to stand up again, and to walk forward in the Holy Way of God. Finally he satisfies us with good as long as we live, and we can recognize it because we are walking after we wait – so that our youthful energy is renewed like the eagle’s. Will I take time to wait on God, that my strength might be renewed? Holy Spirit of God, renew my strength as I wait on you.
Bless the Lord, O my soul, and do not forget all his benefits. (Psalm 103:2)
Do not be troubled or weighed down with grief. Do not fear any illness or vexation, anxiety or pain… Are you not under my shadow and protection?
Our Lady of Guadalupe to Saint Juan Diego Cuaubtlatoatzin 1531
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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.