Words of Hope During COVID-19
Elza Soares, a staff member of Discipleship Ministries of the United Methodist Church, tells how she uses her imagination to place herself in a garden and talk to Jesus as she would to her best friend. She also shares what happens when she talks to God and how God speaks to her through other people. Elza then leads us through a prayer of intercession.
Only the Holy Spirit working in us can accomplish the new creation God intends each of us to be. We do not create the pattern of human holiness—it already exists and is shown to us in Christ. We do not make ourselves holy through great and diligent spiritual practice; only God can make us holy. We must be willing to change and open to the work of grace in us.
—Marjorie J. Thompson, Companions in Christ: The Way of Forgiveness (Upper Room Books, 2002)
With the help of the Holy Spirit, can you open yourself to the work of grace today? Join the conversation.
I am confident of this, that the one who began a good work among you will bring it to completion by the day of Jesus Christ.
—Philippians 1:6 (NRSV)
Prayer for the Week
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace, your love, and your forgiveness.
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