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Daily Devotions from Fourth Presbyterian Church

Friday, April 8, 2022  

Today’s Scripture Reading  |  Hebrews 12:1–3

Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight and the sin that clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our faith, who for the sake of the joy that was set before him endured the cross, disregarding its shame, and has taken his seat at the right hand of the throne of God.

Consider him who endured such hostility against himself from sinners, so that you may not grow weary or lose heart. (NRSV)

Reflection
Are you weary? Have you just about had it—with COVID, with politics, with the seemingly endless conflicts around the world, with racism, with sexism, with neighbor against neighbor? God knows that life is often a challenge and finding hope elusive. But hiding away and just pulling the collective blanket over our heads isn’t the answer. It is precisely because we are weary and “over it” that we need the promise of perseverance. Somehow we need to shed our insecurity and fear in order to find that promise. It’s not easy. But what worthwhile effort is?

Frankly the hard work has been done for us. We just need the courage to embrace it. Resilience in the face of so much opposition requires courage, yet we needn’t be heroic to find it. Our courage comes from the belief that we have been shown the way to hope. For two thousand years the path on the journey has been made known to us by the words and deeds of a young man who grappled with all of the same demons we do and rejected hopelessness and fear. We have our model and mentor—the one who showed us that resilience based in love is the path before us, who showed us that light will not be overcome by the darkness.

I need this right now. I need the promise of perseverance no matter how elusive it seems at times. And I am reminded that I am never on the path alone.

Prayer
Good God, you come to us in flesh and spirit to show us the path. Help me know and feel the promise of your light as it illuminates the darkness that seems too often to surround us. Please take my hand as I journey the path with you. Amen.

Written by Ken Ohr, Member of Fourth Presbyterian Church

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