James 1:2–4 (Eugene Peterson, The Message)
Consider it a sheer gift, friends, when tests and challenges come at you from all sides. You know that under pressure, your faith-life is forced into the open and shows its true colors. So don’t try to get out of anything prematurely. Let it do its work so you become mature and well-developed, not deficient in any way.
In what ways did you experience seeking today?
In what ways did you experience finding today?
When have you found yourself in danger, and in what way was God involved in your rescue?
in our baptism,
you welcome us into the your family.
Reminds us that we are
completely dependent upon You.
Even our faith,
which we sometimes claim
as being from our own strength,
is truly a gift of your Spirit.
Still, as human beings,
we sometimes find that our faith is weak.
Renew your gift of faith within us.