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May 3

Hello, Father.
Thank you for blessed relief, no matter how temporary. Thank you for giving me a characteristically positive outlook, so that my “norm” is optimism and only rare days are depressing. Thank you for making me simple, yet with a vast array of interests, so that I am perpetually interested in something, except during only the most despairing of moments. Thank you for helping me through the most recent set of difficulties, and please help me to be strong and remain faithful to you throughout all of the upcoming difficulties, whether they begin in five minutes or five months. Thank you for giving me hope and please prepare me to help others in any way I can. Amen.

 
1 Peter 4:12-19 ERV

My friends, don’t be surprised at the painful things that you are now suffering, which are testing your faith. Don’t think that something strange is happening to you. 
But you should be happy that you are sharing in Christ’s sufferings. You will be happy and full of joy when Christ shows his glory. 
When people say bad things to you because you follow Christ, consider it a blessing. When that happens, it shows that God’s Spirit, the Spirit of glory, is with you. 
You may suffer, but don’t let it be because you murder, steal, make trouble, or try to control other people’s lives. 
But if you suffer because you are a “Christ-follower,” don’t be ashamed. You should praise God for that name. 
It is time for judging to begin. That judging will begin with God’s family. If it begins with us, then what will happen to those who don’t accept the Good News of God? 
“If it is hard for even a good person to be saved, what will happen to the one who is against God and full of sin?” 
So if God wants you to suffer, you should trust your lives to him. He is the one who made you, and you can trust him. So continue to do good.

 

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