Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
1 Corinthians 1, 1-9
As much as I choose security, comfort or wealth as my ‘end’ I will need to rely on my own powers to see me through, because such goals are not part of God’s kingdom. But as much as my goals align with those of God, I can rely on God while choosing to ‘run with perseverance the race set before me, looking unto Jesus, the author and goal of my faith’ (Hebrews 12). Clearly, I can trust in God’s strength to the end, how-ever, when-ever and where-ever my own particular race course takes me. As any Olympian knows, at least 50% of an athlete’s perseverance depends on inner strength. God specializes in strengthening our hearts, minds and souls, particularly with joy and peace as we glorify him, so that we might go the distance, no matter what hurdles we face in this life. Am I willing to run the race of my life to it’s natural end, depending on strength from God? Holy Spirit of God, strengthen me to the end.
O God, come to my assistance; O Lord, make haste to help me! . (Psalm 70:1)
The gift of grace increases as the struggle increases.
St. Rose of Lima
Soli gloriam dei.
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.