READINGOld Testament: Deuteronomy 8:11-20
Psalms: Psalms 41, 52
New Testament: Hebrews 2:11-18
Gospel: John 2:1-12
Evening Psalms: Psalms 44
“Be careful that you do not forget the Lord your God, failing to observe his commands, his laws and his decrees that I am giving you this day. … He led you through the vast and dreadful wilderness, that thirsty and waterless land, with its venomous snakes and scorpions. He brought you water out of hard rock.” (Deuteronomy 8:11; 15)All through life, we experience ups and down…the thrills of success, the despair of loss. Sometimes, these highs and lows seem to go in streaks. Sometimes they seem to happen because of things we have done or not done.
This year, I seem to be stuck in the mode of loss. I have experienced the adage of “deaths come in threes” at least twice over. I have experienced the excitement of a new contract or a contract increase because of my hard work, and then felt the loss of the people involved with that work, the related work, or a similar related project loss. All through this time, it has been difficult to understand the why of it. Why did my friend die? Why did we lose this contract? Why did that not happen the way it was planned? Why am I so sad?
I have tried to continue to look to God and ask for His guidance, His understanding, His peace. I believe that this is the only reason I have been able to keep my own peace. I believe that all of our work, all of our treasure, all of our success, and yes, even our loss comes from God. I must remember that my life is blessed by God, and that no matter the highs and lows that happen to me, it is His grace and His will that provides for my life. It is not solely the consequence of my hard work or actions, but mostly the result of my love of God and our neighbors. I must remember to be thankful for Him and not prideful of my works. I must remember that I need to follow in His path no matter what the distractions and results appear to be. He has a plan; I must love him and love my neighbors; mostly, I must be thankful for all that is.