Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
Scorching sun parches living flesh or at very least produces heat exhaustion. Stormy winds and chilling rain are no less debilitating, particularly when outside temperatures are low. Similarly, exposure to the spiritual elements of scorching judgement and bitterness, the wild winds of indifference or the bone chilling rains of fearful grief (or despair), can paralyze my being. Thanks be to God who, for those of us who know him, is a sure refuge, a canopy . The Lord covers [us] with a layer of mercy lined with his glory that protects me from the ‘sunstroke’ of indifference and bitterness, and from the kind of ‘hypothermia’ that results from overwhelming grief and despair. Father God, be to me a canopy of shade and protection.
Let us see your face and we shall be saved ... (Psalm 80. )
Give yourself fully to God. He will use you to accomplish great things on the condition that you believe much more in His love than in your own weakness.
St. Teresa of Calcutta
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.