Daily Reflection

From a Creighton Student's Perspective

May 11, 2011

Christine Prissel

Freshman, Environmental Science Major

Acts 8:1-8
Ps 66:1-3, 4-5, 6-7
Jn 6:35-40

Today’s Gospel reminded me of a book I read over winter break: Left to Tell by Immaculee Ilibagiza. I would strongly suggest for you to pick up a copy and read it. Immaculee’s story is her personal story of surviving the Rwanda genocide. All of Immaculee’s family was murdered in the genocide, some by their own friends. A kind pastor takes Immaculee in and hides her.  The book is her account of the genocide as well as how she learned to completely put her trust in God, finding peace in a time of chaos, and allowed God to soften her heart so she could completely forgive the people who murdered her family.

Immaculee’s story perfectly reflects today’s Gospel, by being a true example of relying only on God for everything, even mere survival.  Many of us take the blessings we have for granted: food, shelter, water, family, community, freedom, etc. (I know I definitely do). It is easy for me to get sucked into today’s norm of continuously wanting more, never being satisfied, while trying to rely only on myself to obtain even the basic blessings of life: food, shelter, happiness. Through personal experiences, I’ve come to realize that I cannot obtain even the smallest grain of wheat on my own.  All things come through our loving Father. The culture we live in makes it difficult, but I need to remember this on a daily basis. I need to stop giving myself credit for these blessings that have come into my life. I need to instead recognize I can only do these things because of the loving Father who has greatly blessed me. I am given the gift of a new day because of him. I am alive because of his love for me.

Dear Lord,
Help me keep you as the center of my life. Help me to realize you are the Giver of all blessings; nothing comes to me unless it goes through your hands first. Thank you for all the blessings you have bestowed on my life. Help me use these blessings to bless those around me. Guide me on the path you’ve created for me.  Soften my heart, Lord; forgive and rid me of sin.

In your name,

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