Daily Reflection — In You Alone O God


“But you, Bethlehem-Ephrathah too small to be among the clans of Judah, From you shall come forth for me one who is to be ruler in Israel; Whose origin is from of old, from ancient times” (Micah 5:1).

We need to know that in this world of senseless violence that there is meaning to our being and existence and hope for our future. We need to look back and know what was revealed to our Fathers and Mothers of old. Our past has led to our present and will guide us to our future. In our history—our story—we can detect the love and care of God for us that is so easy to miss during the moments through which we live.

Long before Christ was born, His birth was announced; we read one such announcement in Micah 5:1.

No matter what takes place, no matter the sadness of the moment, God is with us; He has a plan for each of us; He has been with us from ancient times and His care for us will overcome our sorrow—even when we are unable to see Him or feel His consolation. Surrender to Him, place your faith in Him alone.

Remember, you are dust, and to dust you will return. Repent and believe in the Gospel.

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Deacon Mike Bickerstaff Editor-In-Chief, ICL

Deacon Michael Bickerstaff is the Editor in chief and co-founder of the The Integrated Catholic Life.™ A Catholic Deacon of the Roman Rite for the Archdiocese of Atlanta, Deacon Bickerstaff is assigned to St. Peter Chanel Catholic Church where he is the Director of Adult Education and Evangelization.

He is also the Founder and President of Virtue@Work, where he provides Executive and Personal Coaching, Mentoring and Organizational Consulting. Deacon Mike has 30+ years management consulting experience in senior executive leadership positions providing organizational planning and implementation services with a focus on human resource strategy and tax qualified retirement plan design, administration and compliance.

He is a co-founder of the successful annual Atlanta Catholic Business Conference; the Chaplain of the Atlanta Chapter of the Woodstock Theological Center’s Business Conference; and Chaplain of the St. Peter Chanel Faith at Work Business Association and co-founder and Chaplain of the Marriages Are Covenants Ministry, both of which serve as models for similar parish-based ministries.

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