Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
The new songs that can be sung to the Lord are as innumerable as the stars! I attended the birth of my youngest daughter’s first baby last week. As I sat in my vehicle in the driveway and prayed for each member of her family, the midwife attending her and all others I keep in my prayers, I began to realize the impact of singing a new song and the opera of praise and thanksgiving, of light and love, of joy and life that such a simple prayer could unleash. ‘Help my daughter, sing a new song of motherhood to the Lord…’ ‘Help her spouse sing a new song of fatherhood to the Lord…’ ‘Help this new baby sing a new song, from her first cries and all through her life, to the Lord…’ ‘Help me as a grandmother for the 8th time, sing a new song to the Lord…’ Help my other sons and daughters and grand children sing a new song to the Lord, today and always, no matter what circumstances they are dealing with…’. As I prayed, alone, in silenced vehicle, in the cool of a fall night, under the canopy of stars, it was as if the angels prayed with me as they had at another Nativity ages ago, and since… with the autumn winds of the Holy Spirit raising up the dry leaves, and my own spirit, to dance the waltz of God’s mercy yet again. Holy Spirit of God, help me sing a new song to the Lord, always, all-ways, and forever!
Blessed Be the Lord, my rock, my steadfast love and my fortress, my stronghold and my deliverer, my shield in whom I take refuge. (Psalm 144:1)
For we are so preciously loved by God that we cannot even comprehend it. No created being can ever know how much and how sweetly and tenderly God loves them. It is only with the help of his grace that we are able to persevere in spiritual contemplation with endless wonder at his high, surpassing, immeasurable love which our Lord in his goodness has for us.
Julian of Norwich
Soli ad gloriam Dei
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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.