The Bible tells us we are not meant to be alone. . . . Because we have been made in the image of a relational God, we are divinely designed for relationship. We have been made by love, in love, to love. We are wired for friendship both human and divine. This is why we experience our most painful heartache and heartbreak in times of loneliness. But I offer good news: In that dark, lonely space, God comes looking for us, calling out for our friendship and partnership.
—Trevor Hudson, Beyond Loneliness: The Gift of God’s Friendship (Upper Room Books, 2016)
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The Lord God said, “It’s not good that the human is alone. I will make him a helper that is perfect for him.”
—Genesis 2:18 (CEB)
Prayer for the Week
New every morning is your love, great God of light, and all day long you are working for good in the world. Stir up in us desire to serve you, to live peacefully with our neighbors and all your creation, and to devote each day to your Son, our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.
—”A Liturgy for Morning Prayer,” Upper Room Worshipbook
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(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)
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