By prevailing over all obstacles and distractions, one may unfailingly arrive at his chosen goal or destination. Christopher Columbus

Meditation: I am telling my daughter: “Please, focus. Don’t get distracted”! This is easier said than done for a thirteen year old preparing for a test the next day. “Prevail, don’t give up” and you will be able to reach your goal. An important life lesson. On a larger scale, we adults need to hear this as well: “Remain focused. Don’t get distracted by the number of chaotic news messages that overwhelm and confuse you. Be patient, be determined, don’t get side tracked by taking your eyes off the center of your life”. As Christians this center is the person Jesus Christ who embodied justice and love. Telling ourselves to remain focused and prevail is much easier than actually doing so, especially when we feel horrified with the chaos we are bombarded with on a daily and even hourly basis. “Remain undeterred” sounds easier said than done when even after only four weeks of craziness most of us already feel extremely tired and scattered. We feel emotionally overwhelmed and get easily distracted. We wonder as we stare at the prospect of several more years like this: “How will we, how will our country and the world at large make it?”

Prayer: Jesus, we feel terrified and wonder how to make it through. Fill us with your Spirit of courage. Help us to proclaim and live Your values, which include hospitality and mercy, especially towards those who are vulnerable. Help us prevail. Help us protest and demand facts. Help us be persistent and demand justice for all. Enable us to keep our eyes on You while overcoming all distractions. Empower us through your Spirit to resist all forces of insanity and oppression. When we grow weary, connect us with each other. Do not allow anybody to get isolated. Help us to continue to do and believe in good. Amen

Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Galatians 6:9

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