Words of Hope During COVID-19
For many people, the COVID lockdown has been a really lonely time, says Trevor Hudson, author of this week’s featured book, Beyond Loneliness. He talks about the kinds of loneliness and loss many of us have experienced during this pandemic.
Learning to trust God as our Divine Friend has a transforming effect on every aspect of our lives. It affects how we pray, our relationships with others, and the way we understand our everyday existence. Trusting God as our Divine Friend changes the way we think and feel, what we desire and long for, the way we see each other, and how we seek to live in the world. Our friendship with God creates the environment in which we become the people God wants us to be.
—Trevor Hudson, Beyond Loneliness: The Gift of God’s Friendship (Upper Room Books, 2016)
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Every generous act of giving, with every perfect gift, is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.
—James 1:17 (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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