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“Rejoice in hope, endure in affliction, persevere in prayer.” (Romans 12:12)
On this the last reflection of our 30 Days of Prayer for Unity, let us remember that what we seek is never-ending.
There will always be situations or people that will push us toward division. The good news, however, is that we have a Savior who understands our struggles. Therefore, let us continue to place our hope in Him to guide our hearts and our nation. Blessed with His strength, we can continue to endure through prayer.
Lord, we ask that you continue to sustain our hope, comfort our afflictions, and strengthen our determination for peace and unity in our nation.
Peace and Goodness
“Teach me to do your will for you, O Lord, are my God. Let your good spirit guide me in ways that are level and smooth.” (Psalm 143:10)
In the last few days, I have struggled to write this blog. I have not felt moved to evangelize. It is an admission that I am unafraid to make, because during this time I have continued to pray to God to guide me; I have held on to my faith.
It is difficult at times to live our life in Christ, but it is a struggle we should embrace with determination and comfort for “when your faith is tested this makes for endurance…so that you may be fully mature and lacking in nothing.” (James 1:4)
In the past, I left the little things get between God and me. I erected a wall built by inadequate faith. This was in part due to my fear of losing the earthly things that brought me pleasure, comfort and security; however, the main reason was that I would become discouraged and I stayed away from God. Once, I reconnected with him through prayer, Eucharist and charity, I gained a renewed perspective in life; that to struggle is human and divine; both requiring Christ’s intercession. I may retreat, but I don’t run away.
Now, when I struggle instead of building a wall, I use my trials as stepping stones to God with Christ as the foundation because he said: “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6) Instead of getting discouraged, I learned to rejoice in the Lord (Philippians 4:4) even when it is not easy to do so. Instead of reverting to my old ways, I focus on the new me for “whoever is in Christ is a new creation; the old things have passed away.” (2 Corinthians 5:17).
My trials will always be there, but by God’s grace so too will be the Holy Spirit.
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