March 2nd. Prolonged Courage.

March 2nd. Prolonged Courage.


2 Timothy 1:3-7

I am grateful to God—whom I worship with a clear conscience, as my ancestors did—when I remember you constantly in my prayers night and day. Recalling your tears, I long to see you so that I may be filled with joy. I am reminded of your sincere faith, a faith that lived first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice and now, I am sure, lives in you. For this reason I remind you to rekindle the gift of God that is within you through the laying on of my hands; for God did not give us a spirit of cowardice, but rather a spirit of power and of love and of self-discipline.

REFLECTION: “Talking to God at 3 AM” by Janet Hagberg

Why is it that so many people awaken at 3 AM?

Someone told me that the liver has completed its work and there is a natural lull. I don’t know. But in my spiritual life, that time of morning seems to be when God can best get my attention with no distractions.

On one such occasion, I was awakened and felt mad at God. So I voiced my anger. The response I heard like a whisper within me was “Do you not see this time too, as sacred?” I made it clear that I did not feel like sacred things were happening, after six years of working on an unhealthy relationship with no apparent change. I just wanted God to give me what I wanted or to give me more understanding.

God responded, “For what I am asking you to do in the world, you need more than six years of courage. You need prolonged courage.”

That was not happy news to my ears but I understood that there was a bigger picture.  Within a short time, I found out what God wanted me to do, and, of course, God was right. I also found out that God’s grace was, indeed, sufficient and it solved a childhood conundrum that went all the way back to confirmation.

PRAYER. God, grant us courage…not just for today, or tonight, or our 3am awakenings…but courage to face into the sustained work of change and transformation that you invite us to. And may your grace sustain us in all things. Amen.


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