The Word is carrying yesterday’s theme through to today for me…

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Gift:  Piety (Reverence) – With the gift of reverence, sometimes called piety, we have a deep sense of respect for God and the Church. A person with reverence recognizes our total reliance on God and comes before God with humility, trust, and love.

Reading:  3 He who remains in Zion and he that is left in Jerusalem Will be called holy: every one marked down for life in Jerusalem.  (Isaiah 4:3)

Observation:  I’m sure that once again I could be taking these words out of the context in which they were written.  However, I can’t help but hear the Word revealing to me again today that those that are called will be left and not taken, as it is generally understood, especially by the producers of the “Left Behind” series of movies.  Anyway, this verse from Isaiah refers to Exodus 32:32, where Moses asks to have his name taken out of the book if God does not show his mercy to his people who had just fashioned a golden calf to represent God to have something to pray to.  Further, Exodus 32:32 relates to Romans 9:3, where Saint Paul asked that he be separated from Christ for his brothers and sisters in the flesh, or his fellow Jews who are in Rome

Personification:  Gentleness  It is my hope that someday I can be willing to have my name stricken from the book for my brothers and sisters in Christ.  I am definitely not as confident in my faith as Moses or Saint Paul.  However, I feel like if I can display the fruit of gentleness in my time and place on earth, maybe others will be more open to understanding their faith as God is waiting to reveal it to them.

Prayer:  Saint Paul and Moses, intercede for me to the Father to give me the strength to be able to display the fruit of gentleness in my life with my wife and my children first and then with those others whom I may come in contact with.  I ask this, as always, in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the holy Spirit.  Amen.