If you feel lonely and disconnected, you can do something about it. Meaningful relationships are beautiful and messy. They take effort, but they are worth the investment and can lead to experiences of love, respect, and connection. Did you know science has proven that when individuals sing a song in a choir, the hearts of the singers begin to beat as one in rhythm with the music and with one another? Interconnection is possible and real.
—Sarah E. Bollinger, Angela R. Olsen , The Awakened Life for High School Students: Finding Stillness in an Anxious World, Leader Guide (Upper Room Books, 2020)
Describe the feeling of connection. How does your body respond to connection? What kinds of things do you tell yourself when you feel connected? Join the conversation.
How very good and pleasant it is
when kindred live together in unity!
—Psalm 133:1 (NRSV)
Prayer for the Week
When I am full of worry, awaken me.
When I feel isolated, awaken me.
When I am afraid, awaken me.
God, of love and compassion, awaken me. Amen.
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This summer, join The Upper Room Chapel for our Summer in the Psalms series. Each week, Dr. Rev. Amy E. Steele will lead us in scripture reading, prayer, and reflection as we meditate on the Psalms together. Catch up on previous services and join us each Wednesday on Facebook or YouTube.
(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)
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