The Cowardly Lion sings:

     “I'm afraid there's no denyin'
      I'm just a dandy-lion
     A fate I don't deserve
     I'm sure I could show my prowess
     Be a lion, not a mouse
     If I only had the nerve.”

Some days I just feel like I’ve lost my nerve.  Courage is hard.   Courage means to having to face things – inside and out – I don’t want to face.  Courage is having to be someone I fear I’m not.  Living in the present culture requires courage so as to not get caught up in ways that are not God’s ways, in the face of constant media pressure.  Courage to show compassion, grace, mercy, nonviolence and peace in a world of turmoil is difficult.

Maya Angelou says, “One isn’t necessarily born with courage, but one is born with potential. Without courage, we cannot practice any other virtue with consistency. We can’t be kind, true, merciful, generous, or honest.”

If Maya is right and we’re not born with courage, how do we get it?  Well, Maya goes on to say that, “Courage is fear that has said its prayers.”  This month our Sunday mornings have been focused in the book of Jeremiah and last Monday Martin Luther King, Jr. was a focus.  Two courageous men who give us the example that being in relationship with God helps provide courage.

May we spend time with God in prayer daily to build up our stores of courage and follow Jesus into the world.

We’ll be looking for you tomorrow in worship at 9 & 10:30.  And, next Saturday at the daylong retreat and Sunday in worship with special guest Dr. Dick Hardel.

God bless you,

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