Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
Matthew 9: 18-26
There is nothing as distressing as having a child die, whether literally from physical accident or ailment, or figuratively from psycho-social or spiritual distress. No matter what the degree of relationship to us, if we have experienced the mortal illness of any child close to our hearts, we can identify with the Roman official who knelt down to beg Jesus to heal his daughter. When all other hopes have been exhausted, all other treatments have been tried, and a child is still desperately ill, we recognize that our only hope for having our child ‘raised from the dead’ is Christ Jesus. Only Jesus has the power over time to tend a child, nearby or from a distance, and hold his/her hand, to call him/ her (and their parents!) back to life. Will I go to Jesus to ask him to heal the suffering children in my life, so that they, too, might rise from their death-beds and live? Christ Jesus! Come and raise my child from the dead.
One generation shall praise your works to another, and shall declare your mighty acts. (Psalm 145:4)
Rest in the goodness of God, for that goodness reaches to the depths of our needs.
Julian of Norwich
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Soli ad 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.