Gift: Fear of the Lord (Wonder and Awe) – With the gift of wonder and awe (fear of the lord), we are aware of the glory and majesty of God. A person with wonder and awe knows that God is the perfection of all we desire: perfect knowledge, perfect goodness, perfect power, and perfect love.
Reading: I prayed for this child, and the LORD granted my request. Now I, in turn, give him to the LORD; as long as he lives, he shall be dedicated to the LORD.” Then they worshiped there before the LORD. (1 Samuel 1:27-28)
Observation: It seems to me that we spend a lot of time in this country worrying about our children. Thanks be to God that means plenty of us, Christians, pray for them to be delivered from the evil forces that would gladly take possession of them, if they were left alone without God protecting them. I read this reading this morning, again, thinking about how thankful we should be, like Hannah was, after she was given her child, she delivered him to the priest in the temple.
Personification: Peace. It is only when I realize the way my children are being delivered from evil, that I can be at peace about the future that God has prepared for them. To make a display of this peace I need only look to Saint Francis and his prayer of peace to be a guide for me.
Prayer: Lord, make me an instrument of your peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love. Where there is injury, pardon. Where there is doubt, faith. Where there is despair, hope. Where there is darkness, joy. O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled, as to console; to be understood, as to understand; to be loved, as to love. For it is giving that we receive; it is pardoning, that we are pardoned; and it in dying that we are born to eternal life. I as this, as always, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the holy Spirit…Amen!