Words of Hope During COVID-19
Sophia K. R. Agtarap, a United Methodist deaconess, has often found herself in the kitchen in this pandemic. Food holds many memories for her. Remember the many hands that worked to bring the food you eat, from the farm to your table, she urges us.
We were created with the purpose of befriending God. Our infinite longings remind us that we are made for the Infinite. We were divinely designed for divine connection. Because this is how we have been wired, the only thing that ultimately will bring us joy and happiness is to know a close friendship with God. It is as if God says to us, “I have placed eternity in your hearts” (Eccles. 3:11, author’s paraphrase). Deep within us there is a hole that only God’s living presence can fill.
—Trevor Hudson, Beyond Loneliness: The Gift of God’s Friendship (Upper Room Books, 2016)
How does your connection with God bring joy to your life? Join the conversation.
You show me the path of life.
In your presence there is fullness of joy;
in your right hand are pleasures forevermore.
—Psalm 16:11 (NRSV)
Prayer for the Week
Dear God, make me a channel of blessing to someone today.
Submit your prayer to The Upper Room.
(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)
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