Monday, June 19, 2017

2 Corinthians 6:1-10, Psalm 98:1-4, Matthew 5:38-42


A lamp to my feet is your word,
a light to my path. Ps 119:105

2 Corinthians 6:1-10, Psalm 98:1-4, Matthew 5:38-42  

2 Corinthians 6:1-10

Dear Love,

What can I say - today's Word speaks so eloquently highlighting all that we experienced in these last three traumatic days. We have received grace upon grace from the moment we were conceived and Paul cautions us not to have received this grace of God in vain. You heard us, You helped us, You saved us in so concrete a manner that it is unmistakable that Your hand was over us protecting us from the terrors that threatened to engulf us.

We underwent much affliction, hardships, constraints, there was beating and imprisonment, there was vigil and fasting and through it we learned the sweet lessons of the Holy Spirit about purity, knowledge, patience, kindness, unfeigned, sincere, genuine love, in speaking truth through the power that is of God armed with the  weapons of Your righteousness that covered us even though we and our children were dishonored, insulted, treated as deceivers although they were truthful. Neither they nor we were treated as having worth, deserving of respect, and courtesy. Our legitimate rights were unrecognized and worthy only of the harshest treatment. We were weighted down with suffering, dying in spirit and yet behold we are find ourselves alive, rejoicing, celebrating in jubilation, poorer in material wealth yet finding ourselves gloriously rich in the things that matter friendship, genuine warmth and concern and possessing all things because our faith in God has grown in leaps and bounds and our children are restored to us.

Thank You Father, Son, and Holy Spirit and the prayers and help of all those who came to our aid through the promptings of the Holy Spirit.

When God gives, He gives in super abundance of the things that truly matter. We have witnessed His providence and we shall never forget to give Him all the glory and honor for as long as we shall live.

Psalm 98:1-4

Dear Love,

Even the psalmist today echoes our experience of the last few days. We are singing new songs of gladness and rejoicing for You have done wondrous things for us. Your right hand, Your holy arm has won the victory for us. Your justice was pronounced resoundingly for our enemies to see and be astounded as their wicked plans crumbled to the dust. We will never forget your kindness to us as along as we live. 

Your powerful Presence in us was evident as we as we proclaimed Your greatness even as the storm threatened to engulf us for we knew that You were present in the  eye of the storm and so we were centered in You and we vowed to keep our gaze on You. When some of us faltered we encouraged each other and strengthened and comforted each other.

We are witnesses to Your power. We rejoice, we are glad and our hearts will sing forever joyful praise to You Beloved.

Matthew 5:38-42  

Dear Love,

These last days were difficult and it would be easy to ask that You punish those who deliberately set out to turn foolish mistakes and error in judgement into something hideously irrevocable, terrible and life changing. But in today's Gospel You remind us that we are called to offer no resistance to those who with evil intention set out to harm and destroy us.  These are Your Words,

When someone strikes you on your right cheek,
turn the other one to him as well.

Thank You dearest Jesus for the wealth of wisdom You granted us through an experience. As always Your brought about only all that is good and praise worthy through an experience that was nothing short of traumatic.

Thank You for testing us like metal in the  crucible of suffering and bringing us out stronger and more in love and awe of You our awesome God.

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