Words of Hope During COVID-19
Missy Buchanan, author of several books on aging and faith, tells the story of a road trip with her grandkids and lessons we can learn for unsettling times.
God is willing to split open the heavens to declare that we are God’s beloved children. God wants us to know we bring God much happiness. God calls us to live as people who are beloved. From Jesus, we learn that once we come to own God’s deep love for us, we cannot help but want to share that news with others. We feel compelled to help others recognize and own God’s deep love for themselves.
—Kristen E. Vincent, We Are Beloved: A Lenten Journey with Protestant Prayer Beads (Upper Room Books, 2019)
How does understanding your belovedness compel you to help others recognize God’s love for them? Join the conversation.
And when Jesus had been baptized, just as he came up from the water, suddenly the heavens were opened to him and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him. And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, the Beloved, with whom I am well pleased.”
—Matthew 3:16-17 (NRSV)
Prayer for the Week
Open my heart to your love, O God.
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How do we stay centered in the midst of fears, grief, and stress? Here are some resources to help you keep—or create—spiritual wellness and wholeness in the midst of anxiety and stress.
(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)
Liturgy of the Palms
Liturgy of the Passion
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