This house of God is open for you; the Lord has been waiting to see you come home.
A place to leave behind the past, to have the
fullness of the present,
and to look forward to the bright future.
“Happy are those…whose delight is in the law of the Lord.” (Psalm 1: 1,2)
Have you ever felt that following the Lord and conforming yourself to His will is an uphill battle? If so, you are not alone. The psalmist must have felt the same way at one time as well. He even confessed to having thought that all his efforts at innocence and purity were in vain. However, he persevered in faith, entered into the presence of God in prayer, and was finally able to say, “You hold my right hand. You guide me with your counsel, and afterward you will take me into glory” (Psalm 73:23-24).
The fruit of perseverance in prayer and obedience to God is a life raised up to be with Christ – not just when we die, but here and now. God wants to give us much more than we could possibly ask or imagine. He wants to bless us every day. It is true that we reap what we sow, and if we sow to please the flesh or the wisdom of this world, we will reap accordingly. However, even though our mistakes and errors have their effect in our lives, God doesn’t ignore the ways in which we are faithful. If we sow in the Spirit, we will reap eternal life.
This is why the choices we make every day to follow the Lord are important. As we sow to please the Spirit by listening to Him throughout the day, obeying His commands, and nurturing our faith though prayer, the sacraments and right living, we will be overwhelmed by the grace He will pour into our hearts. We will experience greater intimacy with Him, guidance in our decisions, a peaceful heart, freedom from hurtful memories, deliverance from fear, the ability to serve and bless others, and so much more.
What are we waiting for? All it takes is our daily decisions to follow Christ. The grace is already there. Let us seek our greater intimacy with God and live in a way that keeps us open to His grace. Then the Lord will become our delight as well.
In His Light,
Bishop Raymond Contois