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May 2, 2020 Living Our Losses for Jesus' Sake - David Vernon

"[For] we know that all things work together for good for those who love the Lord, and are called according to his purpose." Romans 8:28


Reflection


There is no day without many losses. If we are attentive to our inner life, we quickly realize how many times things are not happening in the way we hoped; people aren’t saying what we expected, the day is not evolving as we wanted, we are not getting our way; or much more serious losses such as friendships, jobs, or even the loss of loved ones through death.


All these losses, small and large, can make us bitter people who complain that life is not fair to us. But if we live these losses for the sake of Jesus, with an awareness of His closeness to us and His care for us, then our losses can gradually free us from our self-centeredness and open our hearts to the new life that comes from God. These many losses can transform us into more empathetic people who can “suffer with” others who are hurting and lonely. “For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it." Matthew 16:25


Prayer: Heavenly Father, losses in life, both great and small, are inevitable. Grant us courage to face them without fear and bitterness, trusting always in You.


Question: Do I live my losses for my sake or Jesus’ sake?


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