“Courage and perseverance have a magical talisman before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish into air.” ~ John Quincy Adams (Sixth U.S. President)
Life is unpredictable. Just when things seem to be going our way the rug gets pulled out from underneath us. Good times become hard times. Health issues crop up. Money once plentiful gets tight. People leave us or die. When times get tough it is important to remember that everything will change. The ingredients needed to face these situations are courage to straightforwardly deal with them as they happen and perseverance in our efforts to overcome.
The fact that change will always occur can be as comforting as it is disturbing. Happiness, joy, celebration, friendship, and abundance are every bit as certain as their counterparts. When we begin to understand that God is not punishing or judging us and the power of love will conquer anything…courage and perseverance are not so hard to muster. Life happens and God is never distant. Like the Prodigal, we can take stock of what is happening and accept the unconditional embrace which is always waiting for us.