Sunday, 11 September 2016

10 Minute Daily Retreat: September - Gift of Courage

Read the Word of God with a prayerful heart.

By Louise Crossley (No.218)

14 But Peter, standing with the eleven, [after the Resurrection] raised his voice and addressed the crowd, Acts 2:14

As reflected by the faith-filled Malcolm Davies, at the beginning of this month, courage is to go-against-the-grain or against what is popular to stand for God.

However, courage is also to be brave enough to never give up when we falter. As demonstrated by St. Peter, who denied Jesus not once, but three times, courage is to not throw-in-the-towel with the self-talk: ‘I’m damned anyway’.  Judas was that kind of coward and look what happened to him.

Still, our mistakes must not be self-justified either. Months ago, someone told me ‘we are all sinners. Even when we think of sin, we sin’.  While this is true, the statements were used only to justify a terrible sin.

Therefore, to define courage, we must first define the coward. In my view, the coward is the excuse maker; the loop-hole finder; the buck-passer; the artificial; and courage, is the contrast of this. 

Read the scripture slowly. 
Reflect on its meaning for you.
Listen for God's voice in the stillness. 
Pray for God's blessing upon you.

Louise Crossley