How to Renew Our Diligence in Our Spiritual Struggles (Sat. April 10)

The word of the day is “diligence.”  Time erodes zeal.  As the days go by, our original dedication to a cause tends to diminish. This observation is true of our spiritual intensity. We have passed the mid-point of Great Lent. Have your steps slowed on your Lenten journey to the house of our Heavenly Father?  That is likely unless you have found a way to overcome natural spiritual inertia. If we have become sluggish in our observance of Lent, we need the word of our reading of Hebrews 6:9-12.  The apostle speaks to all of us, saying, “And we desire that each one of you show the same diligence to the full assurance of hope until the end” (vs. 11).…

Anxiety Puts Us Down: A Good Word Lifts Us Up (Wed April 7)

The word of the day is “anxious.”  W. H. Auden published his Pulitzer-prize winning poem, “The Age of Anxiety,” in 1947.  That title is still an apt description of our time, especially during this present crisis.   Psychology Today reports that anxiety levels in America are three times higher now than they were before the Covid-19 pandemic.  But anxiety is a product of the human condition and has been a factor of our human experience since the Fall.   We are fragile and vulnerable creatures who have built-in survival mechanisms. These systems respond in body, mind, and soul to alarms of threats to our well-being, and we become anxious. In our reading of Proverbs 12:23-13:9, the wise sage of Proverbs makes a…