Hebrew 12: 1-4
Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight and the sin that clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our faith, who for the sake of the joy that was set before him endured the cross, disregarding its shame, and has taken his seat at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such hostility against himself from sinners, so that you may not grow weary or lose heart. In your struggle against sin you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood.
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)
Let us keep our eyes fixed on Jesus. . . . He did not give up because of the cross! So do not let you become discouraged and give up. [Hebrews 12: 2-3]
Concert musician Itzhak Perlman says two things happened before he was four to shape his future: he was struck with polio, and he heard Jascha Heifetz play. The polio took away his legs, but the music of Heifetz gave him wings. It gave him a dream that inspired him to pursue greatness. Perlman is a faint, modern reflection of the great biblical heroes. These heroes also suffered much, but they also had a dream that inspired them to pursue greatness.
What dream inspires you to keep going, even in times of suffering and trial?
What we suffer at this present time cannot be compared at all with the glory that is going to be revealed to us. (Romans 8:18)
—Excerpted from Action, by Fr. Mark Link, S.J. ©2000 RCL Enterprises, Inc., Allen TX. For more prayer resources from Fr. Link, please visit www.staygreat.com
Lord, sometimes life can knock us to the ground. When we call out and beg for your intervention, draw us close to your cross. Help us to hear your words of agony that give way to absolute surrender and complete hope. We ask, Lord, for protection from failed dreams and the breakdown of relationships. We pray to escape illness that would make us so vulnerable. But mostly, Lord, we pray to be one in Spirit with you: to surrender all that we are and to move forward, no matter how wobbly, because our steps are in unison with yours.
—The Jesuit Prayer Team
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