Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
Just as we are known as Jesus’ followers by our love, so the mark of a Christian is also the peace within. Jesus told his disciples to depend on divine peace more than once in his ministry. When he sent out the 70 disciples to proclaim the good news, heal the sick, free the prisoners and raise the dead – he instructed them to enter every household, every community, in peace. Likewise, when instructing his followers on how to respond to the violent blowback they could expect in places of worship as well as courts and prisons as his disciples – he told them to wait - in peace- on the inspiration and wisdom of the Holy Spirit of God within them. Whether we are visiting family members, other households or communities, or facing persecution for anything we do in the name of Jesus, let love – and the peace that passes all human understanding – keep our hearts and minds grounded and rooted in the Holy Spirit of God, that we might continue to sit, walk and stand in the peaceful presence of Christ Jesus. Lord, teach me to live into your peace that passes understanding.
Seek the Lord and his strength, seek his presence continually. (Psalm 105:4 )
Prayer is not a matter of getting what we want the most. Prayer is a matter of giving ourselves to God and learning His laws, so that He can do through us what He wants the most.
See also : Where is God when It Hurts? A book by Philip Yancey https://www.amazon.ca/Where-When-Hurts-Philip-Yancey-ebook/dp/B000SEONA6
Soli ad gloriam
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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.