Cultivating the underrated Christian virtue of endurance, one of God’s blessings to us if we develop the discipline to maintain it, is a cardinal requirement in making this move from pain and despair to hope and healing. But God has lovingly provided us with the tools, skills, disciplines, practices, and supportive people and communities that can help to reshape the story of our lives with a blessed assurance that blessed endurance will lead to the more abundant life God wants for us.
—John R. Wimmer, Blessed Endurance: Moving Beyond Despair to Hope (Upper Room Books, 2018)
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[Jesus said,] “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.”
—John 10:10 (NRSV)
Prayer for the Week
Healing God, when we feel alone, hurt, or misunderstood, assure us of your presence and companionship as you guide us toward a more abundant life. Amen. Submit your prayer to The Upper Room.
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(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)
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