Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.

Where there is hatred, let me bring love.

Where there is offense, let me bring pardon.

Where there is discord, let me bring union.

Where there is error, let me bring truth.

Where there is doubt, let me bring faith.

Where there is despair, let me bring hope.

Where there is darkness, let me bring your light.

Where there is sadness, let me bring joy.

prayer attributed to St. Francis of Assisi

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While Jesus was still speaking with her, messengers came from the synagogue leader’s house, saying to Jairus, “Your daughter has died. Why bother the teacher any longer?”

But Jesus overheard their report and said to the synagogue leader, “Don’t be afraid; just keep trusting.” He didn’t allow anyone to follow him except Peter, James, and John, James’ brother. They came to the synagogue leader’s house, and he saw a commotion, with people crying and wailing loudly. He went in and said to them, “What’s all this commotion and crying about? The child isn’t dead. She’s only sleeping.”

Mark 5:35-39

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“Sorry, it’s too late.”

Do you know that sinking, disappointing feeling when you seemingly just missed something? We often set our sights on something, not realizing that our time management has caused us to actually miss the very thing to which we were looking forward.

On a much larger scale, in today’s passage, Jairus must have felt that. Jesus stopped to heal a woman, and then Jairus got the news that it was too late. His daughter had died.

We then read that Jesus told him, “Don’t be afraid; just keep trusting.” At this point, Jesus made no promises but spoke words of hope. If there had ever been a reason to lose hope, Jairus had it. Yet, Jesus tells him to keep trusting.

I must say that we are never promised that our prayers will always be answered in the way we might wish. But this passage reminds us to not give up our hope too quickly. Our hope lies in Jesus, not in what we might wish Jesus to do for us.

Even when the outcome seems uncertain, it is never too late to keep trusting.

Dale Tadlock

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Jesus, our Hope, in moments when we are tempted to give up, lose hope, and quit trusting, remind me that my trust in you is not based on what you do for me, but on the hope and love given to me through my faith in you. Amen.

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Take the first step in faith. You don't have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.

Martin Luther King Jr.

Dale Tadlock

Dale Tadlock is the Coordinator of Youth Programs at Passport Camps and coordinates the PASSPORTmissions Team each summer. When he isn’t at Passport, he loves baking for others, cooking with his family, and playing with his family’s two-year-old goldendoodle dog, Ellie. He is an active volunteer at the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute.

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