Even the bravest person can want to run away. Courage is one of my core values, but sometimes I act like a coward. When I refuse to give in to fear I can stand strong.
To be stronger in general, and more willing to face my fears, I pray.
Be strong and of good courage. Do not be afraid or dismayed before the king of Assyria and all the horde that is with him; for there is one greater with us than with him. 2 Chronicles 32:7 (NRSV)
Invitation To Pray:
What do you need courage for today? What do you need to fight for? What prayers are emerging in your body, mind, heart, and imagination? Pray them now.
Photos: Courage and Cowardice on the north and south porches of the Chartres Cathedral in France. They were carved between 1194-1230.
Other posts in this series that seeks to explore the prayer of St. Francis of Assisi: Who are God? And who am I?
Anslem’s Spiritual Beatitudes:
Who Am I? (1) The Virtues and the Vices
Who Am I? (2) Beautiful
Who Am I? (3) Free!
Who Am I? (4) Honorable
Who Am I? (5) Joyful in the Deepest Sense of the Word
Who Am I? (6) Sensual
Who Am I? (7) Agile
Who Am I? (8) Strong
The Virtues and the Vices (Medieval Sculptures):
Who Am I? (9) Faithful and Unfaithful
Who Am I? (10) Hopeful and Despairing
Who Am I? (11) Giving and Greedy Who Am I? Centered and Lost
Who Am I? (12) Humble and Prideful
Who Am I? (13) Wise and Foolish
Who Am I? (14) Gentle and Harsh