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April 26, 2020
Scripture Reading: Luke 24:13-35
Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow.
It empties today of its strength. —Corrie Ten Boom
o, I am absolutely not going up there. I don’t like heights and I don’t like the fact that the elevator goes up on an incline and the compartment is small with two small benches and did I tell you I DO NOT LIKE HEIGHTS. You go. I’ll wait here.”
These are the words of the Rev. Faith Conklin as she stood with two friends at the base of the famously gigantic St. Louis Arch. On a break from their national church gathering, her two companions were unsuccessfully trying to get Faith to join them in traveling to the top of the Arch.
It was at that very moment, Faith said later, that a man approached their small group with his young son. He was shaking his head. His manner and attitude suggested that his son was a child with special needs. He didn’t want to go to the top either. The father was trying to be encour-aging. The boy was resistant.
After a brief standoff, the boy suddenly turned to Faith, grabbed her hand and said, “I’ll go if she goes.”
In Faith’s words, “What could I do? We clung to each other on the way up, hardly breathing. And then we got to the top. The view was breathtaking.”
Faith’s adventure reminded me of the times I started something reluctantly, like when I was at a conference and invited to have lunch with a table full of people I didn’t know. Then, there was the time I was asked to join the neighborhood book club. Once, friends pleaded with me to join them in a board game. In each instance, although I was initially reluctant, I had a surprisingly good time.
How many other things am I missing out on because of my reluctance to try something different?
— Melanie Silva
Prayer: Grant me, O God, the willingness to try something new, especially when I really don’t want to. Help me to step forward in gratitude and grace with a sense of expectation and a dose of courage. Amen.