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Life should not be lived alone. God has called us to help others, whether they are friends, neighbors, family, or strangers, through tough times. We are to carry one another’s burdens in this life together.

In these next moments, think about those around you, those with whom you live. How could you help them as they struggle?

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For this slight momentary affliction is preparing us for an eternal weight of glory beyond all measure, because we look not at what can be seen but at what cannot be seen; for what can be seen is temporary, but what cannot be seen is eternal.

2 Corinthians 4:17-18

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Think

Many people know that Missouri is “The Show-Me State.” My students often repeat a famous line from the classic movie Jerry McGuire: “Show me the money.” I have students asking constantly for evidence or even proof of ideas or beliefs that I teach. Our whole justice system is based on rejecting opinions in favor of convincing evidence.

There is nothing wrong with wanting evidence to make decisions. It is wise to ask questions and seek answers about what is real and true. God knows we seek a solid foundation for our ideas and our hopes, and so “the Word became flesh and lived among us.” In the words of St. Paul to the Colossians, Jesus “is the image of the invisible God.” God has given us visible images of God’s love and plans for our life to sustain us through times of fear and doubt.

Patricia Lyons

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Pray

Lord Jesus, you preached love and showed love to everyone you met. Help me to see your life in the Gospels and believe in your love in my life. Amen.

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Go

Life together means we care for those who are hurting. We embrace those who are going through tough times. We remind others, “You are not alone. I will never leave you.” We also remind others of the promise of God to never leave them or forsake them, even in the midst of a storm.

Go today with the confidence you have in God’s presence and be the presence of God in someone’s life today.

Patricia Lyons

Patricia Lyons currently teaches religion and ethics at St. Stephen’s and St. Agnes High School in Alexandria, Virginia, and also teaches adults at Virginia Theological Seminary.

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