Despite persistent technicolor expectations of 1950s family tables, uniform in their character call list, we know from our earliest stories that for as long as humanity has understood itself to be, the business of making family has been fraught with duplicity, devotion, murder, and mystery. The human heart is restless until and unless it finds its hearth and home with God, as Saint Augustine once famously Confessed; but long before Augustine, before Paul and Peter, before Moses, even before God called Abram out of Haran, a whole family saga was set in motion with enough false starts, fraudulent friendships, forced family lies and ties to keep a soap opera writing staff in business for millennia—one that was more The Young and the Restless than the restless hearts of saints.
—Rosalind C. Hughes, A Family Like Mine: Biblical Stories of Love, Loss, and Longing (Upper Room Books, 2020)
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O Israel, hope in the LORD!
For with the LORD there is steadfast love,
and with him is great power to redeem.
—Psalm 130:7 (NRSV)
Prayer for the Week
How infinite is your embrace, O God. How broad and high and deep and enduring is your love.
Submit your prayer to The Upper Room.
Show your loved ones how much you care by giving them Spirit Boosters, daily reminders that they still have purpose, no matter their age.
(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)
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