Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them. Romans 12:14
It’s been another challenging week. Even before getting up one morning, I was praying “It is too much again, Lord. How am I going to get out of bed and make a difference today?” Well, I did not get an answer right away; but nevertheless got out of bed.
Taking up our cross is not easy. It was never ever promised to be. We are called to love one another, to shine a light on injustice, walk with one another, listen and show others the grace we have received. But how do we love one another when they do not agree with us? When they hurt us? When they passionately advocate what we vehemently oppose?
The promise lies in our salvation, in trusting God’s faithfulness. In Romans, Paul reminds us to bless those who persecute us—to bless, and not curse. My self-serving lament to God that it was all too much, was about me. How am I going to do all of these things? I’m not. God is—when I trust in God’s promise.
As we pray for others, as we pray for ourselves, as we pray for God’s mission in the world, when we feel like things are too much and we are not sure we can bear the challenge of another day, there is something we can do. We can trust that God will give us the strength to meet each new day’s challenges. And we can trust that promise.
Prayer: Lord, remind us that, when we pray for ourselves and for others, that we if we place our burdens on you, we can trust that you will guide us in our ministries for we have your promise. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
Deaconess Student Carrie Sovola, Schererville, IN