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Tough Going

by 4G Core Team member Rev. Breen Marie Sipes


It's been tough going for me lately. Disappointments, cancellations, and a feeling of taking a step forward only to move right back to the beginning (or before the beginning) again abound. Maybe it has been for you too?



If that's the case, let's dwell in this piece by Katrina Kenison together:


When the going gets tough may I resist my first impulse to wade in, fix, explain, resolve, and restore. May I sit down instead.

When the going gets tough may I be quiet. May I steep for a while in stillness.


When the going gets tough may I have faith that things are unfolding as they are meant to. May I remember that my life is what it is, not what I ask for. May I find the strength to bear it, the grace to accept it, the faith to embrace it.


When the going gets tough may I practice with what I’m given, rather than wish for something else. When the going gets tough may I assume nothing. May I not take it personally. May I opt for trust over doubt, compassion over suspicion, vulnerability over vengeance.


When the going gets tough may I open my heart before I open my mouth.


When the going gets tough may I be the first to apologize. May I leave it at that. May I bend with all my being toward forgiveness.

When the going gets tough may I look for a door to step through rather than a wall to hide behind.


When the going gets tough may I turn my gaze up to the sky above my head, rather than down to the mess at my feet. May I count my blessings.


When the going gets tough may I pause, reach out a hand, and make the way easier for someone else. When the going gets tough may I remember that I’m not alone. May I be kind.


When the going gets tough may I choose love over fear. Every time...


https://www.katrinakenison.com/2015/02/26/when-the-going-gets-tough/


Amen and Amen.

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