Gift: Fortitude (Courage) – With the gift of courage, we overcome our fear and are willing to take risk as a follower of Jesus. A person with courage is willing to stand up for what is right in the sight of God, even if it means accepting rejection, verbal abuse, or even physical harm and death.
Reading: As the ark of the LORD was entering the City of David, Michal, daughter of Saul, looked down from her window, and when she saw King David jumping and dancing before the LORD, she despised him in her heart. (2 Samuel 6:17)
Observation: Honestly, I hope that no one despises me in their heart because of my writing this blog. I imagine there are some atheists who may not agree with the content, but I pray that God will open their eyes to the truth someday. Anyway, I was moved to journal about this verse today, because it is the Feast Day of Saint Francis de Sales, who is the Patron of Writers and I heard yesterday on a news program that writers should keep writing. With God’s grace and the intercession of this great Saint, I am writing today, even though I don’t understand fully the reason for it.
Personification: Love It is only when I stop worrying about what others think of my prayer life, I can truly be faithful to what God is calling me to. Not just in prayer, but also in the love that I am supposed to show in the physical world to my wife and kids and also my neighbor, I must not focus on how they will react to it because that may cause me to fail in doing it.
Prayer: Lord, remind me to love like I’m dying, since I may not have tomorrow, I must be willing to love more fully today. I ask this, as always, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the holy Spirit. Amen.