Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
1 Samuel 18:6-19:7
By the time he was a successful king, Saul had turned away from God and based his relationships on his own ego, “They have ascribed to David ten thousands, and to me they have ascribed (only) thousands.” But David, the shepherd and king, based his relationships on his connection with God, “I come to you in the name of the Lord of Hosts.” Like Saul, with my own self as the main reference point, I stand to be consumed by jealousy, envy, misunderstanding and vengeful thinking. With God as the foundation of all of my relationships, I, like David and like Christ Jesus, have better understanding, am able to forgive others and to practice mercy, both received from God and extended to those around me. Lord God, be to [me] the foundation of relationships.
This I know, that God is for me. In the Lord, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I am not afraid. (Psalm 56:10, 11)
We are loved by Christ who identified with us by becoming one with us even at the expense of death. In his dying, he was able to love and forgive his executioners because he knew who he was.
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.