Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
To me, the extraordinary Peace of Christ is like holy oil - the oil of consecration, of healing, and of the anointing of the Baptised - that is always available to us as followers of Jesus. Like oil, the Peace of Jesus touches our forehead or our hands, when we utter his name in prayer “Jesus” (aka ‘God Saves’) and opens our hearts and souls, and even our bodies, to His way of perceiving circumstances, events or relationships in which we find ourselves. When I let this Peace of Christ gradually soak into my life, it begins to delineate how I respond to the good, the bad, the beautiful and the ugly things of life. Then, rather than being pushed and pulled by transient thoughts and opinions, emotions and prejudices, I can intentionally and stolidly continue to row the boat of my life through the storms of life accompanied by the Prince of Peace. What an extraordinary blessing it is to let the Peace of Christ guide and guard my heart. What is ruling my heart today? Holy Spirit of Jesus, help me let your peace rule my heart.
And now we follow you with our whole heart. No one who trusts you will ever be disappointed. (Daniel 3:17)
All your wishes and hopes for the day rush at you like wild animals. And the first job each morning consists simply in shoving them all back; in listening to that other voice, taking that other point of view, letting that other larger, stronger, quieter life come flowing in.
CS Lewis, Mere Christianity
Soli ad gloriam
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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.