By David Coy
It is well said that adding the qualities of perseverance, endurance and persistence to our lives will assist us greatly in overcoming any and all adverse circumstances that develop in our lives. Galatians chapter 6:9 has the theme phrase for this idea – “Let us not be weary in doing good, for we will reap in due time, if we do not give up!” The word “weary” in this text is from the Greek word which means to be weak, to fail (in heart), faint, or be weary; to be utterly spiritless, to be wearied out, exhausted. (Strongs Concordance, & Thayer’s GK., Eng. Lexicon). I have known many people and have myself in times’ past who felt faint of heart to the point of feeling spiritless and exhausted in the journey with grief. The principle is true no matter what our background; perseverance, endurance and persistence will assist us greatly in overcoming the trials, tribulations, and challenges of life. No, I am not saying it will be easy, nor did Bob Spurlin who was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis back around 1995. He developed a series of books based on the title, “Don’t Ever Give Up!” Another writer says, “Be not weary…refers to the will; ‘faint not’ to relaxation…as in an earthly harvest sometimes happens.” Jamieson-Fausset-Brown.
Additionally to a persistent will, there needs to be a strong positive support system beside and behind each individual who is walking in the journey with grief, tribulation or hardship of any kind. We should not minimize the value and importance of support from family or friends or others who desire and are willing to walk with another in the journey. This is why Sunrise Aftercare provides the opportunity for grief support groups in all of our five counties. Please spread the word helping us to support as many people as possible.
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