Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
For Mary it had been a disconcerting time: a visit from the Angel Gabriel, notice that the child within her was Immanuel (God with us) , a realization that she was a single, pregnant, mother, and a dismayed reaction by her fiancé to her conversation about her divine visit. How to accommodate all of this into her ‘normal’ life? Mary’s best next step was to go on a pilgrimage to visit her elderly cousin, Elizabeth, who was also miraculously (and divinely) pregnant. Elizabeth’s immediate acknowledgement of Mary’s early (not showing) pregnancy and her affirmation of ‘Immanuel’ present within her young cousin’s womb must have been greatly consoling! In the instant of Elizabeth’s greeting, Mary was able to trace the Grace of God in her own life and in her people’s history. Instead of being iffy about her state, her spirit rejoiced in God her Saviour. Suddenly she knew that because God was at work, all was well, and that all would be well. When I am disconcerted by troubling events in my life, what will I do? Will I, like mother Mary, pilgrim along life’s journey so that I can trace the grace of God’s mercy in my own life and in the world –and rejoice? Lord, let my Spirit rejoice in God my Saviour.
With joy and gladness they are led along as they enter the palace of the king. (Psalm 45:15)
Faith sees the invisible, believes the unbelievable, and receives the impossible... Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.
Corrie Ten Boom. See Corrie’s story : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Pec52qqquk
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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.