Jesus tells us to abide in him as he abides in us (John 15:4). As we learn what it means to dwell consciously, moment by moment, in the divine presence, God graciously shares with us the gift of Christ’s own wholeness. Such perfection embodies the fullness of human life as God intended it, reflecting the divine image and likeness with rich and sparkling clarity.
—Marjorie J. Thompson, Companions in Christ: The Way of Forgiveness (Upper Room Books, 2002)
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As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.
—Colossians 2:6-7 (NRSV)
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,” The Upper Room Worshipbook
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