Courage and Taking a Stand
Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the strength to face it head-on, refusing to let it hinder our pursuit of righteousness. Joseph of Arimathea displayed remarkable courage when he fearlessly approached Pilate to request the body of Jesus after His crucifixion. Despite the potential risks to his own life and reputation, Joseph chose to honor Jesus by providing Him with a dignified burial in his own new tomb. His courageous act reminds us to stand firm in our convictions, even in the face of adversity, and encourages others to do the same.