My child, when you come to serve the Lord,
prepare yourself for testing.
Set your heart right and be steadfast,
and do not be impetuous in time of calamity.
Cling to him and do not depart,
so that your last days may be prosperous.
Accept whatever befalls you,
and in times of humiliation be patient.
For gold is tested in the fire,
and those found acceptable, in the furnace of humiliation.
Trust in him, and he will help you;
make your ways straight, and hope in him.
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved http://www.usccb.org/bible/approved-translations
All you who fear the Lord, trust him, and you will certainly be rewarded.
An advertisement for a Greek airline recalls that, after defeating the Trojans, it took Ulysses ten years to return home to Greece. This is because his journey took him across beautiful blue seas dotted with 2,000 sun-splashed islands, 30,000 white-sand beaches, and a never-ending summer. The ad ends by telling us that all this beauty is the reward of those who choose to fly to Greece. The Bible tells us that an infinitely greater beauty will be the reward of those who choose to trust in God.
If someone asked me why I have chosen to trust God, what would I say?
I know not where His islands lift their fronded palms in air;
I only know I cannot drift beyond his love and care. –John Greenleaf Whittier
—Excerpted from Action by Fr. Mark Link, S.J. © 2000 RCL Enterprises, Inc., Allen TX. For more prayer resources by Fr. Link, please visit www.staygreat.com
Lord, we open our palms and raise our arms in surrender to you. In our darkest day, we will cling to you trusting that you will touch our burning tears and see us through the labyrinth of fear and suffering.
And in the many days that move with a predictable rhythm, we will seek you in the morning and in the quiet of the evening. Because we trust in you, we know your Spirit will accompany us step by step. And though the winds may howl and lightening may strike our pathway, we hold to your promise that you are always near.
—The Jesuit Prayer Team