Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
It is too easy to forget that all things are working together for good. Some aspects of life are not only brutal but crushing –unexpected deaths, a sudden loss of employment, serious health issues, or the obliteration of home, family or social acceptance. Many of these bad things happen to good people and, in some areas of the world, even more frequently to Christians. Why would St. Paul say that all things work together for good for those who love God? Paul observed this truth in his own life, through torture, imprisonments, beatings, and narrow escapes of all kinds. When one truly loves God and strives to know God more clearly, love the Holy Spirit of God more dearly and follow Jesus more nearly, anything that happens can be woven for good into the tapestry of one’s life. As much as any circumstance leads me to know, love and follow the Holy Spirit of God more fully, I become more aware of the joy and mercy that is constantly at work around, in, and through my being. Will I take time to prayerfully trace the grace of God in all things? Holy Spirit of Jesus, remind me that all things work together for good for those who love God.
I trusted in your steadfast love; my heart shall rejoice in your salvation. (Psalm 13:5)
When we come to hear the heartbeat of God in the intimacy of our prayer, we realize that God’s heart embraces all the sufferings of the world...It is in the heart of God that we come to understand the true nature of human suffering...
Henri Nouwen. The Selfless Way of Christ
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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.