Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
Luke 6:20 -26
Poverty, hunger, grief, persecution – these are all oppressive, and at times depressing, states of life. My own natural response to any one of these difficulties can be fear or even rage. But Jesus reminds us in the beatitudes that poverty, hunger, grief and persecution are not ends in themselves, but can become paths of grace. When I respond to these struggles with faith, hope and love, I am in the company of the Saints who have gone before me, and stand to be blessed with peace and joy. Will I react against the hard times of my life relying on my own devices, or will I live into the challenges of my state in life considering the grace and the mercy of God? Holy Spirit of Jesus, teach me to view the challenges of my life in your way.
For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope... I will let you find me... (Jeremiah 29:11,12)
Hold everything in your hands lightly, otherwise it hurts when God pries your fingers open.
Corrie Ten Boom .
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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.