Shaped by Courage

My Window on God's World

Prayer, courage, being shaped by God our mutual responsibility as people in Christian community with each other ran through my head this week as I pondered this week’s readings. The impact they have on each other and their interaction with each other. And so I invite you to join me in a moment of prayer. May these words, offered with humility and hope, draw us closer to you O God and one another, amen.

There are 42 references to courage in the Bible, 35 in the First or Older Testament and 7 in the Second or New Testament. In the First Testament, the word was often used in relation to going into battle. In the Second, it was used more to encourage others to be strong in their faith. And encourage means to ‘take heart.’ So if we look at the references to ‘take heart’ we find many more instances…

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