“For though the fig tree blossom not nor fruit be on the vines,
Though the yield of the olive fail and the terraces produce no nourishment,
Though the flocks disappear from the fold and there be no herd in the stalls,
Yet will I rejoice in the Lord and exult in my saving God.
God, my Lord, is my strength; he makes my feet swift as those of hinds and enables me to go upon the heights.” (Habakkuk 3: 17-19)
“United themselves to the redemptive obedience of Jesus, who placed his will into the Father’s hands, let them faithfully fulfill the duties proper to their various circumstances of life. Let them also follow the poor and crucified Christ, witness to him even in difficulties and persecutions.” (Art. 10, Rule of the Secular Franciscan Order)
The above Scripture quote was the canticle for Friday’s Morning Prayer. Considering the economic troubles, internationally, nationally, and personally, it is a reading that spoke to me. If the troubles are harsh enough for an individual, it can be very easy to give into despair. The question is have any of them also given up on God? I will be the first to admit, that with everything going on in my life, it has been difficult to pray. When I did pick up my Christian Prayer book, the above quote was what I prayed. It speaks of hope; it says that no matter how bad things may get, God is there, to give strength and hope to those who open their hearts to him.