Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
Ruth 1:1 – 4:22
Mainstream society is fast-paced at best and chaotically frantic at worst. As I live into my trust in God and seek his will, I often attempt to match my faith-journey with society’s tempo, rather than letting faith in-form my social interactions. The story of Ruth is a gentle reminder of how God’s evenly-paced opera unfolds in my life and in the world at large. God’s ways begin and end with committed love, as did Ruth’s. Her story opens with a demonstration of her love for Naomi, following her mother –in-law to a foreign land, and ends with her and her children enfolded in the love of Boaz. As Ruth lived, and waited, through the various seasons of her life –her marriage to Naomi’s son, his untimely death, her mother in law’s return to Judea, gathering grain day to day behind the reapers in Bethlehem, and lying at the feet of Boaz –not only her own life story, but also God’s will, unfolded, revealing her as a great, great grandmother Jesus. Will I notice today how God’s will unfolds so gracefully, so peacefully and so generously in and through my life, as much as I trust Him? Holy Spirit of Jesus, teach me waiting as I embrace your will.
The Lord is near to all who call on him to all who call on him in truth. (Psalm 145:18)
When the life of an individual or a family is rooted in that great tranquility of God’s order, when its ends are Christocentric, and Faith is an essential part of it, then joy, true laughter and real gaiety flower abundantly.
Catherine Doherty, People of the Towel and Water
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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.