By: Ed Miller
Readings: Deuteronomy 26:1-11; Romans 10:8b-13; Luke 4:1-13; Psalm 91:1-2, 9-16 (11)
Spiritual guide, Robert Wicks, writes: “Spiritual resilience is not simply recovering from adversity. It is about bouncing back in a way that deeper knowledge about both God and self may result. With the right guidance, during difficult times and periods of confusing, pain and stress, we have a unique opportunity to nurture our relationship with God and enable it to grow in surprising ways. “ I like these words, and I know also through all my years of ministry, the importance of self-love when it comes to resilience. Receiving the gift of God calling us beloved is really important. It can be that self-love that give us the capacity to move from “why me,” towards asking how do I faithfully cope with the situation I am in?
Thank you, God, for calling me beloved. May I receive this as real. And when I face challenges in my life or in my community’s life, I ask that you help me cope, and perhaps even grow. Amen.