Saturday, October 24, 2009

Be absent to your concerns

"So do not worry about tomorrow: tomorrow will take care of itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own." (Matthew 6: 34)

Live one day at a time and gratefully accept all that God provides today:

  • Food
  • Shelter
  • Health/medicine
  • Eucharist
  • Word of God
  • Clothing
  • Tools
  • Work

Have absolutely no concern about anything beyond the present moment.

If you are absent to these concerns and present to the Lord everyday in prayer, praise and His word, all these things shall be yours at the appointed time.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

The Lord is good!

"Learn to savor how good the Lord is; happy are those who take refuge in him." (Psalm 34: 9)

Other translations read: "Taste and see that the Lord is good.."

How do I know that the Lord is good to me? I take time and become aware of what is going on in my life. I realize the source of so many blessings in my life. God is the source. I give thanks. Connecting the dots of our experiences is a learning process. We can learn to savor how good the Lord is to us.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Boasting of weaknesses

"It is, then, about my weaknesses that I am happiest of to boast, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me; and that is why I am glad of weaknesses, insults, constraints, persecutions and distress for Christ's sake. For it is when I am weak that I am strong." (2 Corinthians 12: 9-10)

Because I suffer temptations, because I have no health insurance, because I am poor, because I am a stranger, because I am unrefined, I depend completely on Christ for all these things. Because I trust Jesus to help me, He never fails to come through to me.

When I depend on Christ for everything, I rise to the top.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Surrendering weakness to gain power

"My grace is enough for you: for power is at full stretch in weakness." (2 Corinthians 12: 9)

Power is the key attribute of the Holy Spirit.

  • Power to witness to Jesus Christ
  • Power to overcome evil in our lives
  • Power of faith
  • Power of knowledge
  • Power of patience
  • Power to endure persecutions

All types of power have their source and inspiration from the Holy Spirit.

Now to gain this power, we must surrender our weaknesses to the Holy Spirit. Our weaknesses are all our vulnerabilities. It is amazing how much we want to cling to these.

Lord help me to surrender my weaknesses to you so that I can gain your power.