Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
II Timothy 4
A light shining in broad sunlight is imperceptible. There is even a question as to whether it is on! But when that same light stays on through twilight and the dark of night, it shines clearly, guiding one home, and giving light to one’s path. So it is with the strength of the Holy Spirit. I ask the Holy Spirit to remain with me, day in and day out. How is it that I forget that that light is on and that the strength of the Spirit is with me, when I go about the ‘good’ times of life? I know that the Holy Spirit IS with me, only as things become a little complicated and shady, and the complexities of life turn into times of darkness and stormy seas washing over my boat in the pitch dark of doubt. It is then that I notice the extraordinary wisdom, endurance, and strength that come to me as I speak the name of Jesus, that is, God saves! Thanks be to God that the strength of the Holy Spirit is always ‘on’ when I take time to notice the Spirit of God and of Jesus behind me, beside me, beneath me, above me, and all around me. Will I receive the strength of the Holy Spirit into my heart, mind, soul and strength? Holy Spirit of God, stand by me and give me strength.
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)
That same power that raised Jesus from the dead is living in you…
St. Paul’s to the Romans, 8:11
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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.