Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
Genesis 12:1-9 & Psalm 33
Long before God gave them a child, Abram and Sarai* ‘went as the Lord had told [them]’, departing from their homeland and living into the hope that the Lord had promised them. As Abram and Sarai embraced the thin and fragile possibility that they would ‘be a blessing’ by establishing their family in a new region –in their childless state – they hoped in the Lord’s word. We know the end of the story; Abraham and Sarah received many signs of God’s steadfast love to them –including a bouncing baby boy, Isaac, in their old age – and did indeed become the parents of the nation of Israel. They are even today the revered spiritual ancestors of Jews, Muslims and Christians the world over. Am I ready to hope in the Lord as actively as Abraham and Sarah? Lord God, let your steadfast love be upon me, even as I hope in you.
*With the establishment of God’s covenant, Abram [father of height] and Sarai [God is prince] became Abraham [father of a multitude] and Sarah [princess].
Our soul waits for the Lord; he is our help and shield. (Psalm 33)
Think not only of the road through which you are travelling, but take care never to lose sight of that blessed country in which you are shortly to arrive.
Soli 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.