Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
I recall as a child planting peas in the garden and then discovering the incredible miracle of germination and growth. One small, grey, hard, seed sprouted and grew imperceptibly, but so quickly, into a large and sprawling plant, that not only climbed the trellis tendril by tendril, but blossomed, and grew pods that were full of delicious, sweet peas! So it is with the tiny germs of mercy in my life. I may think that there is no hope, no place, for grace in the events or relationships in my life. But, as soon as I find and sow, embrace and tend any seed of God’s grace with forgiveness and trust, I can trace God’s grace unfolding like a pea plant sprout, growing so gently and so quietly into a lively plant with many leaves of hope, abundant blossoms of compassion and eventually pods of holiness containing more seeds for more plants of mercy to grow on into future circumstances and relationships. Will I begin to tend the seeds of God’s goodness in all circumstances and interpersonal connections in my life and behold the mercy of God gradually redeeming the world? Holy Spirit of Jesus, help me behold the mystery of mercy unfolding in our lives.
And these are the ones sown on the good soil: they hear the word and accept it and bear fruit, thirty and sixty and a hundred fold. (Mark 4:20)
When you are filled with the Holy Spirit, then the ministry of Jesus just flows out of you.
Corrie Ten Boom
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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.