Daily Meditation: November 9, 2015

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The Saints Who Live Short Lives

As we see so many people die at a young age, through wars, starvation, AIDS, street violence, and physical and emotional neglect, we often wonder what the value of their short lives is. It seems that their journeys have been cut off before they could reach any of their goals, realise any of their dreams, or accomplish any of their tasks. But, short as their lives may have been, they belong to that immense communion of saints, from all times and all places, who stand around the throne of the Lamb dressed in white robes proclaiming the victory of the crucified Christ (see Revelation 7:9).

The story of the innocent children murdered by King Herod in his attempt to destroy Jesus (see Matthew 2:13-18), reminds us that saintliness is not just for those who lived long and hardworking lives. These children, and many who died young, are as much witnesses to Jesus as those who accomplished heroic deeds.

Henri J. M. Nouwen

Text excerpts taken from Bread for the Journey, by Henri J.M. Nouwen , © 1997 HarperSanFrancisco. All Scripture from The Jerusalem Bible ©1966, 1967, and 1968 Darton, Longman & Todd and Doubleday & Co. Inc. Photo by V. Dobson. Scripture chosen by L. Yeskoo.

For further reflection…

But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!” Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?”- Matthew 14: 30, 31 (NIV)

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3 Responses to Daily Meditation: November 9, 2015

  1. Charles Bonello says:

    This is so much me today Lord!

  2. doris says:

    The winds of change have come to us in this world now. We see the turmoil of the world, whether in Canada,USA or looking across the sea at what is happening. The children and parents without a country. We need to pray and give of ourselves whatever we can.
    They are a witness from God that we must be helpers, and prayers not thinking only of our pleasures and what we should do. We need to be there for those that need us. May God bring help and love to all who need it…..and may I be able to do His will when He asks .

  3. Cathy Irantalab says:

    Do you really believe that all people who die, whether young or old, all become saints? If you believe what the Bible says, and I do, we will not all go to heaven.

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