Like Fenelon, we've all had occasion to be ashamed when we've looked back at the behavior we exhibited when going through difficulties. How poorly it attests to our faith. But weathering storms changes us forever, not just by developing our spiritual muscles, but also in terms of solidifying our certainty of God's awesome love and protection.
Reveal to us all that the cross has to teach us. This day we totally embrace the lessons that apply not only to our salvation but also to our growth and discipline. We will hold Your cross before us and in our hearts. Amen.