Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
I can spend so much time and energy busy with the projects of life, that I shift my focus to survival or success and forget to make place for God’s presence in the course of each day. Through the prophet Haggai, the Lord called the Israelites, and us today, to ‘Go up to the hills and bring wood and build the house so that I may take pleasure in it and be honored’. To make my being a house for God’s presence, like the Israelites, I need to leave fruitless pursuits behind. I need to go out to the ‘hills’ of society, walk around in relationships or in reflective solitude, and find the wood that will make place for God to be present to me, to us. Very often, the wood, the materials required to make space for the Lord’s presence, are simple things like visits, prayers, songs or short conversations – anything that allows room for God’s words of love, faith and hope to be whispered into our lives. How might I make place for the presence of God in my life today?
The snare is broken, and we have escaped. Our help is in the name of the Lord, who made heaven and earth. (Psalm 124:7,8)
Christianity has not been tried and found wanting; it has been found difficult and not tried.
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.