As the recession deepens in our country, it is a time for courage.
As people lose their jobs, their homes, their savings, and their retirement funds, it is a time for courage.
As churches face drops in giving and tithes, it is a time for courage.
As we have to say no to our kids, and no to ourselves, it is a time for courage.
As we cut back, sacrifice, and pay off bills, it is a time for courage.
Our country has gone through recession, inflation and depression before, they were times for courage.
Our parents, grandparents, great grandparents, Aunts and Uncles lived through those difficult times, and it was a time for courage.
But where does our courage come from, when we perhaps are new at facing such difficult times?
Where do we find this courage to cut back, say no, sacrifice, or face losing our jobs?
We can turn to those still living who went rough such times and ask for their wisdom, knowledge and experience.
We can look within and dig it up from that place deep within.
We can read stories of courage.
We can read the Bible which is full of stories of courage.
We can pray.
Yes, I know courage doesn't pay the bills, or feed the kids, but it something that keeps us going, doesn't give into despair, hopelessness and helplessness. And for that I believe this kind of courage comes from God.
So here is a scripture verse and prayer for courage:
Isaiah 41:10 Fear thou not; for I [am] with thee: be not dismayed; for I [am] thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.
We take a moment for silent, private prayer. . . .
GOD IN YOUR MERCY, HEAR OUR PRAYERS.
For all those who face a new week with fear, or dread, or hopelessness.
For those who live with illness or pain, physical or emotional.
For the lonely, and anxious, and worried.
For those who have lost their jobs, their homes, their savings, or their retirement funds. (my addition)
For those who must don a veil of cheerfulness, respectfulness, or energy to get through the day.
God, please give us courage.
at A Different Street by Satchel Pooch