Passed from darkness into light

Sometimes the buffeting of this world tempts me to forget. There are days when I don't feel Him at all. Whole days. Comfort comes as I read the Word He provided for times like these. I open the Book, and I feel the comfort flowing immediately. Regardless of present suffering, I have so many blessings to remember. Instead of dwelling on what He has not done, I choose -mindfully, willfully, doggedly - to remember what He has done. Remember my word for the year - "abide"?

Remember those earlier days after you had received the light, when you stood your ground in a great contest in the face of suffering. Sometimes you were publicly exposed to insult and persecution; at other times you stood side by side with those who were so treated. You sympathized with those in prison and joyfully accepted the confiscation of your property, because you knew that you yourselves had better and lasting possessions.

So do not
throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded. You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised. (from Hebrews 10)