While Jesus spent a great deal of his ministry healing bodies, he also ministered to people whose bodies had been violated or whose physical conditions caused them to be shunned. . . . I believe that God is a tender God—acquainted with pain and understanding of our fears. If bringing the body into your practice of faith is a subject of deep anxiety for you, find a person with whom you feel secure and safe and ask for help. The journey to receiving the gift of your body will take time and requires the support of trusted companions along the way.
—L. Roger Owens, What We Need Is Here: Practicing the Heart of Christian Spirituality (Upper Room Books, 2015)
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Jesus said to him, “Go; your son will live.” The man believed the word that Jesus spoke to him and started on his way.
—John 4:50 (NRSV)
Prayer for the Week
New every morning is your love, great God of light, and all day long you are working for good in the world. Stir up in us desire to serve you, to live peacefully with our neighbors and all your creation, and to devote each day to your Son, our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.
—“A Liturgy for Morning Prayer,” Upper Room Worshipbook
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Reign of Christ
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