God of restoration and renewal, thank you for your forgiveness. We confess that we sometimes walk like people who are discouraged and defeated rather than forgiven and victorious. Help us claim stability and strength in every area of our lives. Empower us with divine insight and understanding into all things that bring joy and peace, hope and prosperity into our lives. We believe and confess that today is a day of new beginnings. In Jesus’ name we pray and submit ourselves to you alone. Amen.
—Junius B. Dotson, “Sometimes We Are Discouraged,” in The Africana Worship Book (Year C), edited by Valerie Bridgeman Davis and Safiyah Fosua (Discipleship Resources, 2008)
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Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord!
—Psalm 27:14 (NRSV)
Prayer for the Week
Abba, Help us to see beyond ourselves,
and see you in ALL of the world.
It is because of your goodness and
in response to your grace
that I pray . . . Amen.
“God is the source of liberation but enlists us, God’s disciples, as a resource to accomplish this purpose,” Terrell L. McTyer writes in his reflection on liberation for the Upper Room Ministries Blog.
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(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)
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