James 1: 2-4
Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.
These words ring true, although living them seems painful. I have been sheltered somehow from many trials, and cannot claim to have experienced the growth described above. But I know how small crises bring people together, develop a sense of teamwork and unity. Facing hardships with others is different than facing them alone. The quality of the relationship changes. We are never alone. We always have God with us. We grow closer to Him the more we experience life with Him.
Lord, May my faith grow each day, as I rely on you to walk beside me. Amen