"If only we could be what we hope to be, by the great kindness of our generous God! He asks so little and gives so much, in this life and in the next, to those who love him sincerely. In a spirit of hope and out of love for him, let us then bear and endure all things and give thanks for everything that befalls us, since even reason can often recognise these things as weapons to win salvation. And meanwhile let us commend to God our own souls and the souls of those who, being more ready for it, have reached the place of rest before us although they walked the same road as we do." Gregory the Nazianzen in today's Office of Readings
God, I promise to bear and to endure. Would you please help me to bear and to endure cheerfully? I need strength training, Lord. I want to carry the heavy crosses with a lightness and an ease that comes with knowing that You carry it with me. Strengthen me. Let me run with glad endurance.
Tackle a tough task today, something you’ve put it off. Do it cheerfully.
I like to pray when I run in the morning. Often, I listen to Divine Office and pray Morning Prayer or the Office of Readings. Then, I just take up a conversation with God. I'd love to pray for you! Please leave your prayer requests below and we can pray for each other, no matter how we spend our morning prayer time. Meet me back here tomorrow and I'll share the ponderings from my morning run.