Let Us Persevere

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Let Us Persevere

“A brother spent nine years, tempted to leave the cenobium.  Every day he got his things ready to leave, and when evening came, he would say to himself: ‘Tomorrow, I go away.’  In the morning he again thought to himself: ‘Let us strive again to hold out today because of the Lord.’  And when he had spent the nine years in that way, God relieved him of that temptation.”

(The Noonday Devil, pg 22)

This short story blows my mind.  Nine years!  Every day he packed up!  Yet every morning he found the strength to persevere.  It’s beautiful, really.  This is what came to my mind:

“The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases, his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is thy faithfulness.”

 (Lamentations 3:22-23)

His mercies are new every morning.  Every morning God gives me the strength for today, the grace to say yes to His will that day.  Looking at life through this lens can be a lot less overwhelming.  At certain moments I may not feel like I have a whole lot left in me to give, but I have one more smile, one more sacrifice, one more act of love.  Great is His faithfulness!  And because He is faithful, I can be faithful too.

As we continue this Lenten season, perhaps your Lenten practices have become burdensome, and you are tempted to give them up. 

Do you have one more day to give because of the Lord?

 

Written by: Kristen
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