Today’s reading caught my attention when I read Revelation 13:9-10, Whoever has ears, let them hear. 10 “If anyone is to go into captivity, into captivity they will go. If anyone is to be killed with the sword, with the sword they will be killed.” This calls for patient endurance and faithfulness on the part of God’s people. Endurance in the midst of suffering is hard. But it helps to know God is always by our side and the Holy Spirit is always in us.