20 -21 But you, dear friends, carefully build yourselves up in this most holy faith by praying in the Holy Spirit, staying right at the center of God's love, keeping your arms open and outstretched, ready for the mercy of our Master, Jesus Christ. This is the unending life, the real life!
22 -23 Go easy on those who hesitate in the faith. Go after those who take the wrong way. Be tender with sinners, but not soft on sin. The sin itself stinks to high heaven.
24 -25 And now to him who can keep you on your feet, standing tall in his bright presence, fresh and celebrating—to our one God, our only Savior, through Jesus Christ, our Master, be glory, majesty, strength, and rule before all time, and now, and to the end of all time. Yes.
This is how, friends. This is how!!! When we ask, "How will we get through this? How will we survive? How will we come through to see the other side?"--- this is HOW. Oh, friends, He has shown us how: build yourselves up in the faith, pray in the Spirit, LOOK for Him everywhere.
Oh grieving one, why so downcast? Look UP-- where does your help come from? You can't make it happen. It is a gift-- and one we must open our hearts to. It's a decision, yes, but in this season? HE is why I am not sad every day. HIM and all of the beauty He has scattered along the way.
He can keep us on our feet! And bring joy through pedicures and massages and 45 minutes on the treadmill at 4.5 incline when you weren't paying attention because you were talking to a good friend :)
Bless God with me and lift your voice to Him!