When we get our worldly way,

often the feat’s apparent success

is undone and comes under assault

with an unintended result.

Naturally we chafe under trial

and fret with tribulation,

especially at our undoing

and motives misconstruing.

Hardship nurtures strength.

It creates possibility

and fosters our assurance

in God’s faithful endurance.

“I have told you these things,

so that in me you may have peace.

In this world you will have trouble.

But take heart! I make the world stumble.”[1]

Yes, we can expect God’s support,

when our intention is good,

persisting regardless of adversity,

and accommodating despite difficulty.

So, “be more patient and long-suffering,

which engenders joy and peace –

magnanimous and standing tall

among those who are mean and small.”[2]

[1] John 16: 33

[2] Father Judge Meditations p150

Published by carlfmaulbeck

In the movie "Harvey", Elwood P Dowd, played by Jimmy Stewart, explains coping with the world this way: "Years ago my mother used to say to me, she'd say, 'In this world, Elwood, you must be' - she always called me Elwood - 'In this world, Elwood, you must be oh so smart or oh so pleasant.' Well, for years I was smart. I recommend pleasant. You may quote me." Well, for years I was smart, oh so very smart, I too recommend pleasant - Trust the harmony

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