Pat Kool chose a passage from Zephaniah to open the Bible study group she was leading during Lent. She believed that with many persons choosing to turn to God during Lent, Zephaniah’s words might have special meaning: “The Lord is with you; He will take great delight in you and quiet you with his love. He will rejoice over you with singing.” Jean shared a memory she had of her daddy calming her mother who could worry about some of the smallest incidents. Whenever her daddy realized that his wife, Jean’s mother, was upset, he’d go and lovingly put his arms around her and say, “Be brave, mommy.” And he’d finish with a warm, gentle hug. She would usually try to feel more confident after this little ritual. Tonight, think of someone who may be worrying about something. In your prayer, whisper Jean’s daddy’s words in your heart, “(Name), be brave.” And smile.
By Lois Wedl, OSB