verses 3-4: Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.
So many are suffering day to day during this pandemic. When I think of the millions of people who find themselves out of work, who have lost their hard-won livelihoods, it makes me incredibly sad. Tom and I are incredibly fortunate to be able to continue with our work during this time. I want to be more thankful for all of God’s blessings, but I will admit I still throw a little “pity party for one” from time to time. I want things to go back to the way they were. I want to plan trips, and get away from the grind of sameness. Even writing this, I feel guilty and selfish. Perseverance, character, hope. These are my words for the present time, to remind me why I am here, as a servant of God.
Lord, I am thankful, and I know I am unworthy. Show me the way to perseverance and hope. Help me to develop my character into a likeness of you. Amen