Jesus’ followers are called his body. His precious, broken body. Everyone matters in the body of believers; without one another we’re incomplete. I couldn’t make it through cancer without people like my husband, who has been there for every single chemo session. I’m boosted by others who have helped carry my load. They’re the living body of Christ, here and now. Each word and act of kindness speaks to my heart.
—Jan Woodard, Texting Through Cancer: Ordinary Moments of Community, Love, and Healing (Upper Room Books, 2021)
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Therefore encourage one another and build up each other, as indeed you are doing.
—1 Thessalonians 5:11, NRSV
Prayer for the Week
For this week’s prayer, insert the name of someone facing cancer or other illness.
Loving Heavenly Father,
I place _______ into your loving care, and I pray that you will comfort his/her heart and bring peace and calm as he/she faces pain, worry, and fear. Amen.
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