Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
Lord God, help us remember our story with you and with others; help me remember my story with you and with others.
Exodus 1:8-22 & Psalm 124
The Israelites had been welcomed into Egyptian society by Joseph, yet within three generations they were enslaved and living in abominable conditions of apartheid and racial cleansing. What happened? “A new king arose who did not know Joseph”, called the Egyptians to ‘deal shrewdly with the Israelites”, and out of un-informed fear set task masters over Joseph’s people to oppress them with forced labour. As history has unfolded over the centuries since then, forgotten stories have many times led to genocide, as in the Holocaust of Europe, Rwanda in the 90’s, the present Middle East crisis, and the present state of indigenous peoples in Canada. Forgotten stories of connection and kindnesses, given and received, also lead to scenarios of violence within our work relationships, families and friendships on a more personal level. Lord God, help us remember our story with you and with others; help me remember my story with you and with others.
Our help is in the name of the Lord. (Psalm 124:8)
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.