Firm Purpose

December 2, 2021

Each day, I reflect upon a word or a phrase from the readings of the day. I encourage you to do the same and perhaps incorporate that word or phrase into your daily prayer.

“A nation of firm purpose you keep in peace; in peace, for its trust in you.” (Isaiah 26:1-6)

FIRM PURPOSE: Today’s scripture passage from the prophet Isaiah answers the question, “From where does inner peace come?” The answer: It comes from maintaining a firm purpose. That firm purpose is trust in God.

When I think of people that appear to be most ‘at peace’, they tend to be people of strong faith. They are the people I see at Mass; the people with active prayer lives; the people who wear their faith on their sleeves. They are also people with servant’s hearts – those that put the needs of others before their own. In other words, they not only practice their faith, they live their faith.

What enables the people I have just described to live such a faith-filled life, a life of firm purpose? It comes from trusting God. When we trust completely in God, we keep our focus on what’s most important. Doing so, we can be confident the daily challenges we face will be manageable.

If we were to live a faith-filled life – not worrying about what the day might bring – how could we NOT be at peace?

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