Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
Isaiah 12: 1-6
I can imagine that if Jesus had had doors and windows that locked when he lived in Nazareth, he may have told his followers: “You can trust my Father in heaven. When my Father closes a door he always opens a window so that you do not have to fear anything, ever. And if he doesn’t open a window, it is because it is a good, safe place for you to be for a while…” It is when we feel locked in, by grief , misunderstanding, or unforgiveness that we begin to fear anyone and anything that comes along. That is when we begin to lose our bearings and listen to the enemy speaking sweet nothings into our ear: “You’re not worth anything. There’s no hope. Creation, and your part in it, are all destined for nothing, etcetera.” But throughout the ages in so many ways and plays, our Creator, our Father God, has been presenting his mercy, his faithfulness and his love to us. It is up to us through prayer and meditation to repeatedly show up in his presence so that we can understand the truth: That God is trustworthy, and that there is nothing to fear when we walk in friendship with Him. Will I push and pummel the doors that lock-in my life, or will I rest in the peace that God is opening a window, in good season, for me to carry on with my journey as a follower of Jesus, his Son? Holy Spirit, help me trust you and not fear.
I know that I will see the goodness of the Lord in this present life. Wait for the Lord, be strong, take heart. (Psalm 27:13-14 )
We must ask for the help of the Holy Spirit and that of our good angel, and then remain still in God’s presence, full of faith that he is more in us, than we are in ourselves.
Saint Jane Farnces de Chantal
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.