steadfastness

2 Thessalonians 3:5 says “May the Lord direct your hearts to the love of God and to the steadfastness of Christ.”

steadfastness in ESV = patient waiting in KJV = ὑπομονή  (hoop-om-on-ay) in Greek =

cheerful (or hopeful) endurance, constancy:  enduring, patience, patient continuance (waiting).

Cheerful Endurance

I think of cheerful endurance/the steadfastness of Christ as some beautiful combination of:

heaven wrapping around you

the solidity and reliability of a deeply rooted tree

feeling sometimes like an invisible, half person

enduring but not escaping

waiting with patience

knowing there’s beauty that isn’t outlined in black out there somewhere

asking when and how long?

cheerful endurance isn’t easy.

May the Lord direct your hearts to the love of God and to the steadfastness of Christ.

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