Prayer Tip: Becoming Resilient in the Face of Adversity​

Posted Aug 2, 2020

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Daily Scripture

James 1:2-4 (NRSV) and 12 (NIV)

My brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of any kind, consider it nothing but joy, because you know that the testing of your faith produces endurance; and let endurance have its full effect, so that you may be mature and complete, lacking in nothing.

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Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.

Prayer Tip

I don’t know about you, but I’m exhausted. Between the COVID-19 pandemic, the racial tension, the polarizing politics, and things happening in mine and in my family and friends’ personal lives, I can’t even really pinpoint what is weighing on me the heaviest. This is not to say that I am not also able to find joy and hope in my days, but it is to acknowledge that my emotions are probably more complex now than they have ever been.

Matthew 11:28-30 says, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

This week, I encourage you to take a look at what is heavy for you right now – name those things. Go to Jesus and ask him to exchange them for the rest he has offered us.

Lord God,

We are tired. As a church, a nation, and a world.

Draw us to you and help us to first acknowledge those things that are weighing our hearts down, those things that make us feel weary and burdened, and take them from us. Replace them with your easy yoke and your light burden so that we are more able to find peace and joy and goodness and gratitude… and anything else you know we need right now.

In Jesus’ name, Amen.

— Angela LaVallie Tinsley, Facilities Services Program Director and Memorial Garden Administrator

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