BelongNew Every Morning | April 27, 2021
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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The only homeless family shelter in Bergen county, NJ was initiated out of reverence by Christians, Jews, and Muslims. It enabled families to find homes. Thankful that the transition team is working to help both the outgoing and incoming pastors. A wonderful day yesterday wth Erich. A car ride, lunch, shopping, and a walk together, his new hat came. Bible study via ZOOM this morning, the book of Hebrews. Did my counseling homework. Prayers for this oasis band of faith, everyone in this pandemic (India is in tough shape), progress to end gun violence and systemic racism, and serious action to address climate change. Thank You, Lord.
This is hard to find in our current world as there seems to be no reverence in government, gun issues, racial issues or equitable income. It is lacking and needs to be introduced by those who follow the Lord in each of our little corners of the world. May we here at the NEW site be the beginning of this.
Prayers for Robert and Erich and may the couseling help their relationshiop thrive. Prayers for Ally and David, for healing and for job stability. Prayers for Jill and her fellow teachers, may they find the means to reach their ZOOM students and engage them in the learning process. Prayers for Marcy and her health and finances. Prayers for April and Lou and their families.
I was with Megan on Sunday, you guessed correctly Jill. We had a nice day eating breakfast “out” which is actually in thee car with takeout from different places. We ran errands and got ice cream then each got takeout from different locations and came home to our kitties to eat. It was a lovely day. My mom’s second leg surgery is Friday and she will get a rod in her other leg. She will then have a matched set (ha, ha). She will spend the night and be home on Saturday. They have put a walin shower in her apartment so this will make it easier for her when she returns home.
Prayers for the UR
This can come so easily for some children, while being a struggle for others. But – sometimes the sweetest acceptance comes from youth. I saw it a year ago in my classroom, when a student who had been away while struggling with depression – came back – and some of his peers literally embraced him. I was certainly moved by it.
I experienced quiet, simple reverence in my new church, by each of the small groups I have been welcomed in to. This surely flows from the more mature ladies, but is quickly manifested by most of the women.
Warm temps today and it was nice to work in the yard after school. I paused for dinner, then went back out to work in some of my flower beds. Dad wants to go buy flowers at the place mom always went. I cautioned him that it is a bit early, mom always said never before May 10. But he said he put them out last year on May 1 and he wants to go Saturday. So – we have plans to meet at the greenhouse, as well as a tee time for golf on Sunday.
Roger is appreciating the open doors and windows. Fresh air through his whiskers. Mom would always say “he needs the stink blown off of him”.
I wore a top of moms today. I actually bought it for her the Christmas before she passed. She never wore it – as the tags were still on it when my sister and I went through her clothes. It felt very nice to wear it today – and a co-worker commented on it. I seem to be having more thoughts of mom lately – and they are gentle and I take time to consider them. I think about how Mary “treasured these things in her heart” following the visit from the shepherds. I am treasuring the tenderness.