Hebrews 12: 11-13
No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it. Therefore, strengthen your feeble arms and weak knees. “Make level the paths for your feet,” so that the lame may not be disabled, but rather healed.
I first read these verses, last December. I was about one month into rebuilding my body and was very close to quitting. These words pushed me through. It was at this point that the mantra that got me through my time at the nursing home, “embrace the pain”, took an even deeper, more spiritual meaning.
These verses popped up again in August as the second reading at Mass. I hadn’t given them much thought in the past 6 months. So much had changed since I first read those words 8 months earlier. Thinking about where I was back then and how far I had come gave me an immediate sense of peace. This peace is truly a gift. When challenges and difficulty arise in my life reading these verses help me to re-focus.
I read Hebrews 12 this evening again. I feel a lot better…