It’s striking that four times in the first chapter of the book of Joshua, Joshua is told to be strong and courageous. Four times! Of course, God knew that tough times were coming, and God knew what it would take to get through it! Be strong and courageous!
However, God doesn’t leave it all to Joshua’s self-reliance. God also promises, “I will never leave you or forsake you!”
In life, it is an important thing to muster our courage, to dig deep and rely on inner resources, and often we can go far on our own strength. But at some point, most of us run up against the limits our humanity. We run up against the limits of our own ability to control or heal or mend a situation. If you have ever lost someone close to you, or faced the injustice of cancer, then you know that we have our limits. It is in the midst of these times we must also hold onto God’s promise, “I will never leave you or forsake you.”
Jesus’ last words in the Gospel of Matthew are,
“Remember I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
Our prayer today is attributed to St. Benedict who lived in the early 6th century.
Let us pray:
O gracious and holy God, give us diligence to seek you, wisdom to perceive you and patience to wait for you. Grant us, O God, a mind to meditate on you; eyes to behold you; ears to listen for your word; a heart to love you; and a life to proclaim you; through the power of the Spirit of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.