Whenever you face trials of any kind, consider it nothing but joy, because you know that the testing of your faith produces endurance; and let endurance have its full effect, so that you may be mature and complete, lacking in nothing. - James 1:2-4 (NRSV)

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Today's Prayer
Dear God, thank you for remaining with us through our struggles. Help us to find true joy in you. Amen.
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Today's Reading
Romans 5:1-5

Thought for the Day

What challenges have taught me to rely on God?

Prayer Focus

To find joy during life’s struggles


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