This Week’s Quotation:
Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.
Courage—An Essential Virtue for Our Time
After the death of Moses, the above words were spoken by the Lord to Joshua, the new leader of the children of Israel. Having completed the exodus from Egypt, they were now poised to cross the Jordan River and enter “the promised land.” But many were fearful to cross over; there were reports of giants in the land and other hazards too numerous to mention. Hence the reassuring words conveyed by the Lord through Joshua.
Be strong and of a good courage. These words may be equally relevant to us today, as we stand at the crossover point into a personal and collective future that may seem fraught with “giants” and all manner of shadowy circumstances ready to block our path to whatever “promised land” we may envision for ourselves or for humanity.
On top of whatever personal issues we have to face, there is so much disturbance coming to us from out of the world we live in: war, the pandemic, deep political division, climate change, and the decline of nature, to name a few. To handle all of this with courage may seem to call for something inconceivable.
A friend of mine observed that it takes extraordinary courage just to be alive on the planet today. And yet I think we know in the deepest and highest part of us that “we came for this.” Actually, courage should be pretty easy to summon—does anyone seriously think that dysfunctional humanity can remove the Earth from the Cosmic Whole and the ordering power of Love? The victory is ultimately ours! Be strong and of a good courage.
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