Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and God of all encouragement,
who encourages us in our every affliction, so that we may be able to encourage those who are in any affliction with the encouragement with which we ourselves are encouraged by God.
For as Christ's sufferings overflow to us, so through Christ does our encouragement also overflow.
If we are afflicted, it is for your encouragement and salvation; if we are encouraged, it is for your encouragement, which enables you to endure the same sufferings that we suffer.
What strikes me most today
OK, purely personal, but I'm stressed about finances now. Child #1 going off to college this fall, child #2 looking at colleges for the following fall. Do you have any idea how much these cost??? Then I have anxiety attacks wondering if I can get five kids through college. Then I get down, almost depressed. Then I have trouble working, enjoying life, being present to my family - I find myself feeling sorry for myself - when I'm worrying about things life. Lately I'm worrying so much about life, I'm not living life. I even started to convince myself that I must be the only one who has to worry about finances - I must have done something wrong/I'm a terrible father. But I know when I talk to others that I'm not the only one worrying. The funny part is that when I'm talking to others, I can sincerely tell them not to worry, it will all work out, and I know it will. So why am I doubting and worrying so much. It may be natural, but it's also a good opportunity to embrace the cross, offer it up to God, and TRUST IN GOD! I always say the Divine Mercy Chaplet and I have the Divine Mercy image in my office where I read the Words, "Jesus, I Trust in You!" every day... it's about time I live that trust, not just say it!
What strikes you most today?
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