Lectio Divina Out Loud: Erika Dix finds renewal for her spirit, and her health, in God’s great faithfulness.
The LORD’s acts of mercy are not exhausted, his compassion is not spent; they are renewed each morning—great is your faithfulness! (Lamentations 3:22-23)
There seems to be a theme to my articles based solely on what is happening in my daily life. I looked back at my article from last month and it seems to be a trend right now that I am writing my articles when I am ill. Last month it was a cold; this month it is Covid. My family came down with it a few days before me, so I rushed around trying to stock up on groceries and supplies in case both driving adults were quarantined (which did happen). We are fully stocked in soup, Kleenex, and tea—the necessities of illness.
This seems to be a season of my life where we are constantly getting ill (it just keeps circling around my family). I know it is already the cold and flu season, but we seem bent on getting every virus that comes our way this year! I have been feeling a downward spiral of fear and worry about when the next illness will hit my family, and there is so much going on this year. Graduations, weddings, showers, ceremonies, Confirmations: it seems to all be happening this year. There is so much. But God is greater.
The verses from Lamentations are ones to really instill hope and renew our faith in what God so abundantly gives: mercy and compassion. God is not exhausted nor spent. Neither are His gifts. He renews them each morning! We need to tap in to those acts every morning to not only make it through our day, week, month or season, but also to make each moment for God. To be faithful to Him, to show compassion to others, and to not be too tired to show mercy.
A friend of mine reminded me that by this time next week, we would all be well, that we would be renewed in body. It is also good to remember that each morning we are renewed in our spirit by such a loving and faithful God.
Loving God, thank You for renewing our spirits each morning, even when we do not feel it in our bodies. Also, we pray for those who are still suffering from Covid, either through severe illness or loss.
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About the Author
Erika Dix is a Catholic wife and mom to two teenagers. She is a homemaker by vocation, a graphic designer by trade, and a listener to the Holy Spirit when prompted to write articles. She attends many Bible Studies, several from CatholicMom.com. She appreciates the many layers of her Catholic faith, and enjoys seeing it anew through her husband, who is a recent convert.