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Sustain

With so many words  passing through my mind and my mouth in a day,  it shouldn’t so hard to single out one word to be the word of the week.  But, alas, Monday is here and I am fretting through a list of words (about 400), perusing my surroundings and combing through my mental storehouses for the word.  Almost an hour has gone by.  Finally I have a resonant response to sustain.  To provide nourishment and to endure are the definitions that engage me.

My mind drifts to a documentary I saw recently about sustainable farming; how logical, how natural, how healthy.  But it is meaning ‘to endure’ that fully draws my attention.  To sustain in this way is to be unbelievably patient, to tolerate what seems intolerable, to manage time and circumstances as best we can, and to be faithful.  Indeed, I believe that enduring is essential to the building of faith; sustainable faith.

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