In a Trial - A Chance to Persevere

"Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything."
James 1:2-4
Posted on:
May 4, 2020

What have you been up to that you wouldn’t normally do? I think that is the question that will occupy a lot of our conversations when we meet again. If you are like me, the stress of having something interesting to say can sometimes add pressure and cause me to feel anxious.

Some responses I have received to a questionnaire include activities like - learning Chinese, learning to paint, cooking more, connecting with family, and being able to rest. These are some excellent activities that I hope we will find time for when the lock-down begins to ease.

There is a purpose in every trial we face. There are benefits in communities and families that happening, that would not possibly have happened without this trial. Are your street doing anything for VE Day on Friday 8th May? The wonderful chip shop, Perfect Plaice in Oswaldtwistle, have agreed to open early so that we could pick up 42 portions of fish and chips. All of our street will, weather permitting, be sat out on our walls, eating together.

My prayer for us all this week is, continue doing all the good things you have started. If you have been praying everyday for those affected by the virus, keep praying. If you have been supporting those in the NHS and other key workers during the crisis, keep supporting. If you have been exercising, baking, reading, learning over this period, persevere. Keep it up!

What is your response?
As you read the devotional, set some time aside to ask God how the word can change you today.
James 1:22 says "Do not merely listen to the word...do what it says." How can you live out the challenges set, or share the encouragement from the post today?
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