Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
As the Israelites approached the Jordan River at its widest, they were daunted by the river as a barrier to their journey into the land promised to them by the Lord. How could the men, women, children, their livestock with all their gear hope to proceed? For three days they needed to wait with Joshua for the Lord to fulfill his promise. The piling up of the upstream waters was their sign that their waiting had not been useless: they walked ahead, over the dry river bottom to arrive safely on the other side, ready to continue their journey and more than ever assured of God’s faithfulness. When I come up against a ‘river’ of challenges and difficulty, God calls me to wait with him on the shore, until the ‘waters upstream’, that are all the things informed against my journey, are held up, and God makes the way plain and solid before me. Will I panic and run away from the barriers in my path forward, or will I faith-fully wait for the Lord to push back the things that seem bent on drowning me, and find the way he prepares for me? Holy Spirit of God, help me remain with you as you show me the way forward.
I keep the Lord always before me; because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved. (Psalm 34:2)
Holiness does not consist of doing extraordinary things. Holiness consists of accepting, with a smile, whatever Jesus sends us. It consists of accepting and following Gods will.
Saint Mother Teresa of Calcutta
Another song for summer retreat time … A hymn of thanks! You Raise Me Up!
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.