Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
Hebrews 2:10 -18
Whether it is conducted in the development of vaccines or human beings, testing pushes limits and determines whether the strength needed is there, and often builds capacity in the process. When human beings are tested through the clinical trials of life, through injustice, loneliness, poverty, rejection, or suffering of any kind, we have opportunity to push through our natural limits of courage and perseverance, and find the true gifts of humility, true identity as a child of God, and the eternal resources of Faith, Hope and Love. In a world where the seven deadly sins run rampant, temptations of all degrees swirl around me continuously, testing my faith, hope and love in God. Sometimes these tests of spiritual strength seem to be so sneaky and thick that I lose my bearings and am tempted to just let go and float along in the current of godlessness. But whenever I turn to Christ Jesus, and even pronounce his name, Jesus, or “God Saves” I proclaim the truth – that by the Life and Light of the Son of God, who is the Son of Man, I am able and strong enough to live through even the most rigorous testing and continue on strong in the holiness and liveliness of Christ. When I am tested, will I let the deceiver impale me with anger, fear and depression, or turn to Jesus for clarity and strength? Holy Spirit of Jesus, help me when I am tested.
Therefore lift your drooping hands and strengthen your weak knees, and make straight paths for your feet, so that whatever is lame may not be put out of joint, but rather be healed. (Hebrews 12:12)
A dead thing can go with the stream, but only a living thing can go against it.
For more information on testing in these present times, see
Winning the Culture War, by Peter Kreeft at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tm08x8YiuXk
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.