Daily Reflection — God is Our Refuge


“O Lord, you have been our refuge, from generation to generation; from age to age, you are.” (Entrance Antiphon, Tuesday of the First Week of Lent, Cf. Psalm 89:1-2).

The times in which we live are becoming “curiouser and curiouser” to the point that one hasn’t any idea what is coming next. I wonder why it seems we are shocked that government and politics are dysfunctional when so much else in society is as well. Many have expressed that while they know everything happens either through God’s express or permissive will, they struggle to make sense of it all… me too!

Of course, God knows far better his Plan and Purpose. I know nothing… except that in this world, there is one constant that  does not change, will not change and cannot change. God is… that’s it, He IS! And He loves us with an everlasting love and has invited us to share in His joy and beatitude forever and ever.

If that does not excite us… well, if that does not excite us, then maybe we have been spending too much time looking for meaning, purpose and joy in the wrong places, with the wrong people and in the wrong circumstances. Sin dulls the spiritual senses. It may excite for the moment, but sin requires ever more and greater sin to continue to excite. Ultimately, sin leads to spiritual death and hatred of God and all that is good.

God waits for you to return to your senses. The allure of the secular world, particularly our entertainment industry, is false and illusory.  God is there for you whenever you choose  to turn back to Him. Fall into His arms. Let Him heal you and fill you with all good things. Make this Lenten time of renewal be that moment when you leave sin behind and embrace true goodness and joy.

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

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By Deacon Michael Bickerstaff

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.

He and his wife have two married children and three grandchildren.

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