Bear your share of hardship for the gospel with the strength that comes from God.
II Tm. 1:8
When I read this verse from today's Mass readings, it resonated with all that I have experienced since my dear husband died over a year ago. As I have told many people, I have experienced being lifted up and carried when I didn't know how I could put one foot in front of another and get through each day. I've taken the train to my daughter's alone, and traveled by plane four times, waded through the flood caused by our exploding water heater, started a business, and learned a great deal of patience during the nearly nine months it is taking for the reconstruction to be finished.
I know that I have not done this on my own but that, supported by prayers of family and many friends, I have been given God's own strength to keep moving forward into Chapter 2, to listen for God's voice and see where it is He wants me to go each day.