Scripture Reading: Exodus 4:1-12
Let us begin today’s reflection with this admonition from Ralph Waldo Emerson:
“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.” It is very easy to see ourselves as failures especially when we encounter serious setbacks or when we feel despondent seeing our mates display a certain kind of wealth unknown to us. The story of Fanny Crosby is a good example. “Fanny Jane Crosby was born on March 24, 1820 in the town of Southeast, Putnam County, New York. Her father died before she was a year old. Her mother lived to be over ninety-one. “When she was six weeks old, a slight cold caused inflammation of her eyes. Her usual doctor was away from home, so a stranger was called in. He recommended the use of hot poultices, which practically destroyed her sight. Fanny Crosby resolved when she was quite a child that her blindness should not make her unhappy, or prevent her from being useful in the world; she never allowed those around her to pity her because she was blind. She wrote: “Darkness may throw a shadow over my outer vision, but there is no cloud that can keep the sunlight of hope from a trustful soul. One of the earliest resolves that she formed in her young and joyous heart was to leave all care to yesterday, and to believe that the morrow would bring its own peculiar joy.” When she was eleven years old, she definitely asked God, one beautiful night, when kneeling near her grandmother’s rocking-chair, to open the way for her to be taught; and, four years later, the answer came. Fanny Crosby had a happy, useful, and eventful time in the New York Institution for the Blind, where she remained for twenty-three years. The education given at the Institution was wide and thorough. Her favourite studies were English history, philosophy, and science. The singing classes were her great delight. She also learned to play the organ, the guitar, and the piano. Two books of her poems were published while she was at the Institute, and a third volume was brought out soon after she left. She wrote more than eight thousand gospel songs; one of them is “Blessed Assurance”. Setbacks, disabilities, and disappointments cannot set you backward as long as failure does not exist in your mind. Beloved, you can only be a failure if your mind of success has failed.
MASS: VIOLET 2 Kgs 5:1-15b; Ps 42:2. 3; 43:3. 4 (R.42.2); Accl Ps 130:5.7; Lk 4: 24-30.
Prayer Point:
1. O Lord, help me to overcome my fears because I have confidence in You in Jesus Name.
Exercise: Join the Daily Strength Prayer Network (DSPN) every Tuesday early morning prayer session. (Time: 1.00am to 2.00am).
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