In a daily devotion I read, a quote by Victor Hugo was highlighted, “Having courage for the great sorrows of life and patience for the small ones; and when you have accomplished your daily task, go to sleep in peace. God is awake. “

There has indeed been great sorrow in our country of late. The horrific and senseless killing of so many in Texas, a police officer being gunned down as the result of a traffic stop, and so much more.  Courage is being tested as we not only face the events taking place in cities and states and countries; but for some of us, courage is being tested in our homes, our families and our community. When we ask God to give us courage and patience we should act like we have already received it. Worry and fear do not accomplish much and most times it multiplies our stress.  But as Victor Hugo reminds us God is always awake.  God waits for our prayers, and knows our restlessness.

Both courage and patience are active words. When we have courage we empower ourselves to take a step back from the circumstances and find the message of hope. We find strength to move forward, instead of being frozen in place.  Patience goes hand in hand with courage. Making changes, speaking out, advocating for others does not change things immediately.  But things do change. Be encouraged.

Our journey of the last two years has shown us our prayers have been heard. I have seen first-hand, from so many of you, the blessed gift of patience and courage. Yes, dear friends, let us rejoice in knowing that God has been awake throughout this time. It is this blessing that is multiplying for us. It is this blessing that is nourishing our faith, and growing our ministries.

So as we begin to prepare for the Advent season, let us always remember, we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us.  Phil. 4:13. May it be so!