Some of the wise will stumble, so that they may be refined, purified and made spotless until the time of the end, for it will still come at the appointed time.
— Daniel 11:35

November is a long month! Compared to the sunny, warm days of our just past October, the darkness and wetness of this month already seem too much. Endurance is required to get through certain seasons of the year and certain seasons of life. In the book of Daniel it is revealed that the people of God will suffer much under terrible tyrants yet their suffering will produce some redemptive good in their lives.

            It is hard to accept suffering and even harder to see it as beneficial to us. As I speak with people who have suffered much, I am often amazed by how resiliently they endure their trials and the maturity they’ve gained through the process. We never wish suffering on those we love but we give thanks for faith in a God who is able to bring light in the darkness and hope in midst of suffering.

Through baptism we will have the opportunity to give thanks to God for new life this Sunday. We will affirm our belief that this young one has entered an eternal covenant with God. Friends, we are made to be in relationship – with one another and with God. May we be the Church family for one another enabling us to endure the challenges of life and reminding one another that we belong, body, mind, and soul, to our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.