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Thursday, September 8, 2016

Are you discouraged by challenges or do you embrace them? - Daily Bible Reflections September 8, 2016


Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed
Virgin Mary
 
GOOD LUCK, BAD LUCK
 
We know that all things work for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose. – Romans 8:28
 
       One of my favorite stories that my dad shared with me while growing up was a Chinese folk tale about a man and his horse. One day, the horse ran away and the neighbors of the farmer came to him. “What bad luck! Your horse ran away!” Strangely enough, the man wasn’t disappointed. He simply said, “We’ll see.”
       A few days later, the horse returned with 12 beautiful stallions. Again the neighbors chimed in, “What good fortune!” He shrugged. “We’ll see.” One day, while taming the wild horses, his son was thrown to the ground and broke both of his legs.
       The neighbors said, “This is such a tragedy!” The man had the same answer. “We’ll see.” Soon, war broke out and all the sons of his neighbors were called to serve as soldiers. The neighbors sobbed at the news but the farmer’s son was spared from the draft as he was still injured. “What great luck,” they told the man. He shook his head at his neighbors. “You never learn.”
       We must never assume that we are born either of good or bad luck. Our fate was predetermined by God’s will to serve a greater purpose. Our struggles are as vital to become resilient in our faith as the victories that build our confidence. Eleanore Teo (elyo.lee@gmail.com)
 
Reflection: Are you discouraged by challenges or do you embrace them?
 
Father, give me the resolve to stand up when I stumble in the darkness as I humbly follow and steadily trust in Your voice.
 
St. Adrian, pray for us.

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