"Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, yet I will hope in the LORD. I will be joyful in God my Savior." - Habakkuk 3:17-18

The prophet Habakkuk (who has a very hard name to spell) paints a bleak picture. Fruitless trees and vines. Failed crops and barren fields. Sheep and cattle missing from their pens and stalls. For people living in ancient times, this was about a bleak a picture as you could paint. And yet, the prophet writes, "I will hope in the LORD." Even when times are bad and things could not get worse, Habakkuk declares, "I will be joyful in God my Savior." Friends, this is a picture of RESILIENCE. Resilience is refusing to stay down when you've been knocked down. Resilience is the courage (and tenacity) to get back up - to keep running the race - to keep doing your best - no matter what. I have two daughters. They share the same gene pool, but are as different as night and day. One is a morning person. The other is a night owl. One loves school. The other passionately despises it. Needless to say, I was concerned (as a parent) when our school district announced that they were going 100% online learning. Our spring online learning experience was not a positive one. Our family was not looking forward to the new virtual school year. After several days of frustrated fumbling with webpages and links and schedules, our girls are getting settled into their daily routines. For the last few days, they have been waking up more easily (even our younger daughter). As I work from my home office, I can hear excited responses and laughter spilling out from my daughters' virtual classrooms (ie. bedrooms). As a skeptic, I am happy to share that TEACHERS are connecting with students. They are using their God-given gifts (which now seem to me like super-powers) to nurture the minds and hearts of students, even the ones in my home. STUDENTS are engaging with their classwork and classmates. They're learning and growing (little by little) every day. Praise God for the gift of teachers. Praise God for the gift of resilient students (and families.) Praise God for the gift of hope and joy every day, in any situation. ~ Pastor Caleb

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