The biblical term abundant life can help us understand what it means to be awake and fully alive. Abundance describes a state of being connected, healthy, and whole. Unfortunately, many of us miss out on this awakened and abundant life. … Abundant life does not mean life without struggle or pain but rather a life deeply connected to what God is doing in the moment—in us, in our relationships with others, and in the world around us. When living an abundant life, hope and joy are accessible, even in the midst of struggle.
—Sarah E. Bollinger and Angela R. Olsen, The Awakened Life for High School Students: Finding Stillness in an Anxious World, Leader Guide (Upper Room Books, 2020)
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I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.
—John 10:10 (NRSV)
Prayer for the Week
When I am full of worry, awaken me.
When I feel isolated, awaken me.
When I am afraid, awaken me.
God of love and compassion, awaken me. Amen.
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