Thursday 21 May

Thought for the day from John Witcombe

I hereby command you: Be strong and courageous; do not be frightened or dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” (Josh 1.9)

I’ve been reflecting on the relationship of courage, hope and optimism. One of the things we need at the moment is courage – courage sometimes just to get out of bed in the morning, courage to open the (virtual) newspaper, courage to find out how our families are, courage to think about the future. Courage is a gift and a calling from God: as God’s people we are called to be courageous, but to have courage is not necessarily the same as to ‘be bold, be strong’ - we can have sufficient courage to look honestly at what’s going on around us and find it deeply scary.

Jesus found courage in the Garden of Gethsemane. His courage was founded in a relationship with his Father, and in hope. In this mosaic in the Cathedral the angel holds out the chalice of choice but points upwards to God.  Jesus’ courage was not optimism, which can often be a wilful denial of the facts – it was something much more profound, built on an even greater Fact, if you like – the eternal love of God, which is the ground of our hope. May we have courage born of hope, grounded in love – and have the grace to share that hope and courage with the world.

John Witcombe is the Dean of Coventry and a member of the Bishop's Core Staff Team

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