So That You May Not Grow Weary

This meditation is based on a passage for May 2, 2010 in the Daily Lectionary Year 2 from the Book of Common Worship for the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) (1993).

Text: Hebrews 12:1-12

Reflection and Question: I treasure my friendship with Roger, the first African-American guard at the maximum security state prison in our city, who retired some years ago. When Roger encourages me with the words, “Do not grow weary in well doing,“ I know that he has this passage in mind and that the writer means for us to draw on the strength expressed here, as Roger does, so that we will not lose heart. Jesus, the pioneer of our faith, and God’s discipline for our good sustain us as we run the race set before us. When you become weary in well doing, what heals and strengthens you?

Prayer: Holy Jesus, for the sake of the joy that was before You, You endured the cross and now sit at the right hand of God. Discipline us in our struggle against sin so that we may share in Your holiness. Train us so that we may yield peaceful fruit. Amen.