"How long do we straddle the issue?" "How long do we stand by and not intervene or express our understanding of what God has done for us?" "How many times do we need the proof that 'The God who answers with fire is God'"? Today's first reading made me begin to think about how important it is to acknowledge the gifts and the "saving graces" God provides for all of us throughout our lives. I 'd like to share with you a recent "saving grace" that I experienced.
Saturday, May 22nd was an extremely windy day in Omaha. I went on a walk with two of my daughters through Boyer Shoot, a nature preserve near Omaha. As we were walking I noticed that my shoe had come untied so I stopped to
"Keep me safe, O God; you are my hope.You will show me the path to life."
These lines, for me, express my relationship with God. I learned at an early age, that God is my way, my truth and my light. That God is on this life journey with me and that God intends for me to engage in life, using my gifts, one of which is "speaking up" when I question a situation. While this gift , which may sometimes seem to be a curse, has raised some
God is very much alive in our lives and yet God remains a mystery with so many "Whys". Why were my daughters and I spared from the falling branch and the young boy not spared? I cannot answer that question but I know we were grateful for not experiencing tragedy at that moment, and are left with hope and prayer for the young boy's family that they will be able to make some sense of what happened; that they will be able to live life with this terrible loss and that they will find comfort from God. There are so many "Whys" that we cannot answer but must look to God to find the strength, courage and confidence to go on living this life, using our gifts, to try to make this world better for those who travel alongside us.
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