Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
During hard times, often the hardest thing to do, or even imagine, is to get up in the morning and face yet another day of frustration, fear and grief at all levels. Sometime is seems more reasonable to simply lie down and wait for the waves of life to pass over – or to even buy me. Jesus warned his disciples that such times would come, regardless of how stable one’s environment might seem to be. And so it is no surprise that today the winds of change blow around us and toss up potentially drowning waves globally, nationally, within our communities and our families, and even in our own beings, at many different levels. The wonder is that two thousand years ago Jesus gave advice that even today can carry us through any number of challenges and difficulties. Christ Jesus advises: “When these things begin to take place, stand up and raise your heads, and watch for your salvation.” This is how he handled his passion and the Cross – by standing up, raising his head, and watching for his Father’s salvation – that came to him in the form of resurrection. God’s Grace, God’s ‘salvation’, is always near to us, if we will only look for it, to receive it into our hearts, minds, and bodies. Holy Spirit of God in hard times help me stand up, look up and watch for your salvation.
Bless the Lord, lightening and clouds; sing praise to him and highly exalt him forever. (Daniel 3 )
Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Saint Paul to the Philippians, 4:6-7A
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.