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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Memorial of Saint Monica

“Blessed is everyone who fears the LORD, who walks in his ways! You shall eat the fruit of the labor of your hands; you shall be blessed, and it shall be well with you.” (Psalm 128:1-2)

This verse can make one think of perseverance. The Merriam Webster dictionary defines perseverance as the quality that allows someone to continue trying to do something even though it is difficult. God made us with purpose. He gave us abilities and opportunities to use those abilities.We are happy when we are doing those things God intended us to do.

However, it might not come with our first attempts. We have all heard that with every success story there are as many stories of failures as well. The most successful businesses or inventions were not the first ones attempted by those people. In this verse we are reminded that the Lord not only wants to bless us, but also He wants to teach us perseverance.

Don’t give up. If God has put it in your heart, you will surely eat the fruit of your labor.

Lord, we want to do the things that please You.

Use us and our abilities to accomplish Your work, and help us persevere until we get it right. Amen.

Dave and Rhonda Roesler
PC Technician; Director of Compliance & Medical Support Services, Avera Health; Avera McKennan Hospital & University Health Center

2 THESSALONIANS 3:6-10, 16-18 • PSALM 128:1-2, 4-5 •MATTHEW 23:27-32

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