Read Ephesians 6:10-24

August 26


Be strong and of a good courage.—Joshua 1:9

When the body of Captain Robert Scott was found near the South Pole there was discovered a letter he had written to his friend, Sir James M. Barrie.

In that letter Captain Scott tried to tell how cold it was and how hopeless it was and said, “But it would do you good to hear our songs and our cheery conversation.”

Think of that! The last word that was written was long drawn out, and it spelled “courage.” The letter was brought back and given to Sir James, and he kept it in a little casket in his home. He carried it once to St. Andrews University, and its contents found their way into that classical address which he called “Courage.”

Perhaps life has lost its zest; and you, with your back to the wall are not even strong enough to fight. Across the centuries there comes not only the example of our Lord, but His challenge. On His last night, facing the cross, alone in the upper room with eleven disciples whose courage would fail them in a few hours, He said, “Be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.”

Be strong!

We are not here to play, to dream, to drift. We have hard work to do and loads to lift. Shun not the struggle—face it; ’tis God’s gift.

Be strong!

O GOD OF PEACE, who hast taught us that in returning and rest we shall be saved, in quietness and in confidence shall be our strength; by the might of Thy Spirit lift us, we pray Thee, to Thy presence, where we may be still and know that Thou art God, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


Shadyside Presbyterian Church, Pittsburgh, Pa.

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