Reverence is a gentle virtue; it is also strong. Reverence is a tender virtue; it is also tough. Reverence is a patient virtue; it is also persistent. Reverence bears no ill will toward others; it is able to bear the ill will of others when necessary. Reverence is a virtue that prepares us well to belong to one another; it reaches out to those who have given messages of not wishing to belong.
When we approach others with gentle reverence, we bring gifts and share theirs with us.
—From Growing Strong at Broken Places by Paula Ripple, in A Guide to Prayer for All God’s People by Rueben P. Job and Norman Shawchuck (Upper Room Books, 1990)
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I have indeed received much joy and encouragement from your love, because the hearts of the saints have been refreshed through you, my brother.
—Philemon 1:7 (NRSV)
Prayer for the Week
Dear God, I am humbled to hear the good news that you love me and will never let me go. Guide me this day to share this good news with those around me. Amen.
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