Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
A toddler learns to walk by taking first steps in front of a parent, tightly gripping a mother`s or a father`s finger. Stumbling along in this way, such a child is never accused of clumsiness or false steps.As parents we applaud any effort by a small child to walk. So it is with us as we walk blamelessly in front of God. In his mercy our Creator-God understands our stumbling steps as we walk before Him, tightly gripping his `mercy finger` (see * below). First and foremost, our Father-God does not blame us, but delights in our efforts to grow up into our heritage as his beloved daughter or son. Christ Jesus, help me walk blamelessly before you.
Let my prayer come into your presence. Incline your ear to my cry for help, O Lord. (Psalm 88:2 )
We are not the sum of our weaknesses and failures; we are the sum of the Father’s love for us and our real capacity to become the image of his son Jesus.
St. John Paul II
*The American Sign Language sign for Mercy: hands extended, palms up, hook your middle fingers in toward the palms; flutter the remaining 3 fingers and bring hands toward you. (try it! It is a prayer – signed word!)
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.