Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
Like the Israelites who looked back and saw Pharoah’s army pursing them, I so often focus on troubles rather than the mercy of God. Thinking that now, in this or that crisis, it’s all up to me to save myself, I too, like the Hebrews complain and say that I prefer slavery to the freedom God is preparing for me through the challenges at hand. God’s remedy for this trembling over troubles? “You have only to keep still and move forward, and ask the Lord to fight for you…” As I lean into God’s mercy, like the Israelites I am (constantly) astounded by the silent goodness, protection and life-giving glory of God. What troubles am I worried about? To what stillness and to what steps forward am I being called? Lord God, help me keep still and go forward as I trust in your mercy.
I will lift up the cup of salvation and call on the name of the Lord. (Psalm 116)
Truth suffers, but never dies
St. Teresa of Avila
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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.