Life is not for the faint of heart. Although it is not a Bible word there is a certain RESILIENCE that is necessary to successfully meet the intrinsic challenges of life with a gracious and enduring spirit. The way the Bible describes it is “patient endurance,” “steadfastness”, “constancy” or “persevering to the end.” And that is what we are exhorted to do – To meet trials with smiles (figuratively, at least). Job is the paramount example of the struggle to do so.

As I was reading Hosea 2 today, I wondered if this is where Jesus got the idea for the parable of the Prodigal Son. I found, as I compared and contrasted the stories, that they complement and complete one another. Together they are like a musical composition that has various parts that combine synergistically to make exquisite, melodious harmony.