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Saturday, August 18, 2018

Praising God Always

"I will bless the LORD at all times; his praise shall be ever in my mouth." Ps 34:2

Knowing or grasping God completely is impossible, but we must keep trying, and the scriptures offer us any number of images of God all of which can help at different times in our lives. The Psalms remind us to praise and exalt God at all times,  and to remember that God is a healer, someone who is anxious to be with us and make us whole. No matter how broken our life might feel, God's compassion and kindness will triumph over the darkness if only we let God be God.

At the same time, no matter how hard we try, there are times when God's healing seems far away. A few years ago, when a friend was diagnosed with cancer of the bone and the doctors were not sure how much the cancer had spread, he was very anxious. Living with this kind of uncertainty is trying at best, and depressing at worst. When news of our own frailty or the serious illness of friends emerges, it strikes us like a hammer, and our spirits are often numb as we try to process what is happening,

The simplest response we can make in times of struggle and confusion is usually the best. Ask for the grace to accept whatever is happening in your life and you can be sure, no matter how weak your prayer might feel, that it is what God ask of each of us.

Today, ask God to let you know how close God is.

What images of God help you most to live life honestly as life unfolds?

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