In German, “kraft” means “strength.” I was blessed to spend this weekend with some of the women of my family who have aided in my formation. In Swedish, I found out recently, that “kraft’ means “force.” The journey ahead could and would not be possible without the spiritual strength and force that comes from Above.
Some people consider strength something physical, something that can be exercised and improved. Some may not realize the same could be said of spiritual strength. When I consider those, like the women of my family, with spiritual strength, I recognize that their strength has been formed and developed by the difficulties faced along the way. Illnesses, divorces, deaths, financial difficulties, and so much more faced in a lifetime. Things not sought after that ‘exercise” the soul in a way that may afford spiritual strength development.
I believe we have a choice when we face life’s difficulties. They suck, to be sure. However, I also believe that we do not face them alone. God is with us as we face them. God is also with us in the Body of Christ (our sisters and brothers in the faith…who sometimes challenge us, as well.) In Genesis, Eve was created because it was “not right” that Adam should be alone. It is “not right” that we be alone either…and we never are…we need only look into the eyes of another and see that God is with us wherever we are.
This pilgrimage began with the intial flight canceled. It is the first of what I plan will be many challenges along the way. However, facing each one, I will try to remember to see God in each moment and ask for strength and courage. “Be strong and courageous; do not be frightened or dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9 NRSV