Words of Hope During COVID-19
Pat Luna, retreat leader for The Academy for Spiritual Formation at Camp Sumatanga, offers an audio reflection on how she is discovering rather than creating daily life with God. She’s learning that God has been present all along—she just has to slow down and be still enough to notice.
Sometimes the resistance of our heart to another person melts away suddenly and surprisingly because a whole new picture of the situation that caused our hurt has emerged. There is so much we do not see and cannot know about those who wound us, even in our families. It is one reason we need to find ways to tell our deep stories and to hear one another’s deep stories. It also reveals why we do well to leave judgment to the searcher of all hearts, who comprehends the internal as well as external realities of each situation.
—Marjorie J. Thompson, Companions in Christ: The Way of Forgiveness (Upper Room Books, 2002)
When has telling or hearing a deep story helped to melt the resistance in your heart? Join the conversation.
If it is possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all.
—Romans 12:18 (NRSV)
Prayer for the Week
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace, your love, and your forgiveness.
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