ResilienceSeptember 27 - October 25, 2020

Life is filled with ups and downs and resilience is needed.

Sometimes resilience is small (making it through the day), sometimes resilience is big after a major life event (illness, trauma, job loss, relationship ending, grief etc).

We need resilience in our relationships and in our lives. While this 5 part series encourages resilience, this in no way asserts that those who've been hurt by racism, loss, illness, etc. need to "get over it and keep going." Sometimes the hurt is so overwhelming that the most healing thing is to stop, feel it, be angry, grieve, sleep, cry, or vent, and there is no shame in this.

Part 1 - Will we survive this?

This question is asked of each generation as it faces its own challenges. Even if we don’t feel that our physical survival is threatened, we may well worry if our jobs will survive, if our relations will survive, if our communities will survive. We will take a look at the type of resilience needed to get us through these times.

Part 2 - Patience when it all goes wrong

We want to move past challenges as rapidly as possible. Challenges, however, often don’t yield to quick fixes. It takes patience and trust that God is working slowly, often outside our view, even in times that look dark.

Part 3 - Confronting reality with unwavering hope

Confronting reality with unwavering hope gives us a life-giving perspective on moving through challenges. Jesus was never one to “sugar coat” challenges, spiritual or otherwise. And He was never one to lose hope.

Part 4 - Showing up for the ones we love

John Lewis, one of the true heroes of the Civil Rights Movement, noted that the hardest faith to maintain was the faith that others would change. The thought applies to friends and family, as well as ourselves. That faith is the bedrock of reconciliation.

This week we look at the strife often pulling at our families and community, and explore the importance of showing up for the ones we love (even if they vote differently than we do).

Daily Inspiration

"Unless we DO what we intend, there is a lack of real intention inside that eventually becomes unwillingness."

Divine Providence 151.1