Preparing for the Trials of Faith (Thurs. Feb. 18)

The word of the day is “strange.”  Most of us think that routine is a good thing.  If things do not change considerably, we can make plans and carry on with our lives without interruption.  Yet, the scriptures warn that we should prepare ourselves for the disruption of trials of our faith.  For instance, in today’s reading, Peter writes, “Do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to happen to you as though some strange thing happened to you” (vs. 12).  Our reading of 1 Peter 4:12-5:5 advises how we might endure suffering for the sake of Christ with serenity and even joy. You might notice that the New Testament writers often speak of the trials that…