Though young men faint and grow weary…(Isaiah 40:30)

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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:  Though young men faint and grow weary, and youths stagger and fall, They that hope in the LORD will renew their strength, they will soar on eagles’ wings; They will run and not grow weary, walk and not grow faint.  (Isaiah 40:30-31)

Observation:  As I read these verses this morning, I just couldn’t get this song out of my head.  I hope God will reveal more to me at Mass tonight at the Newman Center, but if not, this song is a good prayer to guide my life.

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I want to be victorious! Readings today (Revelation 19-22)

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Scripture:  The victor will inherit these gifts, and I shall be his God, and he will be my Son.  (Revelation 21:7)

Observation:  Besides all the talk about grace flowing waters, I loved the four chapters of Revelation this morning because of the one verse.  As the notes of my online Bible say, the victorious Christian enjoys divine affiliation by adoption.  So much better written than I could have ever explained. 

Application:  For me, there are plenty of reasons to stay faithful to God.  (Three sons and a daughter on the way to name just a few)  However, the idea that God will adopt me as his son is a pretty incredible reason for keeping the faith.  I love my parents and appreciate all they have given me in this life, but to have the creator of the universe adopt you as his son, they know they could never touch that kind of love.

Prayer:  Lord, thank you for accepting me even in my brokenness and I look forward to the day that I can feel your love surround me.  Abba Father, thank you.  Amen.