Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
It seems that Ruth, the Moabite daughter in law of the Jewess Naomi, did not spend a lot of time agonizing about whether to go to Bethlehem or not. Nor did she take a lot of time planning and preparing for her journey to maximize its outcomes. Naomi needed her, and so Ruth accompanied her mother in law to her home in Bethlehem, and lived into the life that unfolded for her day by day. By doing the best next thing, hour by hour, day by day, within a year Ruth was married to a good husband, and was pregnant with a son. Her son, Obed, grew up under the care and guidance of Naomi to become the grandfather (and guide) of King David, a man with profound influence for good on the future of Israel and the world, into whose family was born Jesus, the Son of the Living God. Simply taking the best next steps, as Ruth did, is most often all that God needs from us to unfold the greater plan of his good will in our own and the lives of those around us. Will I agonize over my own plans and preparations or simply, and trustingly do the best next thing for the love of God and others? Holy Spirit of God, help me faithfully take the best next step along my life’s path.
Happy the one who loves the Lord and walks in his ways… (Psalm 128:1)
If there is anywhere on earth a lover of God who is always kept safe, I know nothing of it, for it was not shown to me. But this was shown: that in falling and rising again we are always kept in that same precious love.
Julian of Norwich
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.