Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
2 Corinthians 1, 1-7
When I was child and fell off my bicycle, it was my parents who consoled me. They washed my scraped knee (that stung!), they dressed the wound with a bandage (that protected), talked to me about safety ( I learned), washed the tears off my face (that comforted) and hugged and kissed me better – so I could (somewhat humbly) return to play. I have often similarly consoled my own children through their bumps and scrapes in life. These days when I hit bumps in the path and graze my spiritual limbs, it is Father God I run to, who consoles me just as my parents did after a bike accident, similar effect. He cleans up the sin in my life (that stings!), He binds up hurting relationships (that comforts and protects me), and shows me how to remain safe in the bumpy and smooth passages of life (that teaches and humbles me). Then it is the others around me who are suffering similar tricky journeys whom I find myself consoling with the love of our Father God. Have I turned to God for consolation today? How is God consoling me today – and how is he calling me to console others? Lord God, Just as you console me, help me console others.
O taste and see that the Lord is good; happy are those who take refuge in him. (Psalm 34)
To love someone is to show to them their beauty, their worth and their importance.
Jean Vanier in Becoming Human
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.