Words of Hope During COVID-19
Sharon Conley Cottingham, an Upper Room staff person who is caregiver for her adult sister, tells how she is extending care to her sister from a distance.
The good news is that God is more eager to forgive us than we will ever know. God is always there to embrace us, to receive us home again, and to let us start afresh. We see this clearly in the way Jesus constantly offers forgiveness to those around him who have failed.
One reason we struggle to forgive others is that we do not really believe that we are forgiven people. If we could fully accept the truth that we are forgiven and we don’t have to live in shame and guilt, we would know the freedom to forgive. As a forgiven people, we possess the power of forgiveness.
—Trevor Hudson, Pauses for Lent: 40 Words for 40 Days (Upper Room Books, 2015)
Can you accept the truth that you are forgiven? Join the conversation.
When he saw their faith, he said, “Friend, your sins are forgiven you.”
—Luke 5:20 (NRSV)
Prayer for the Week
Our Father, who is in heaven, give me the bread I need today.
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How do we stay centered in the midst of fears, grief, and stress? Here are some resources to help you keep—or create—spiritual wellness and wholeness in the midst of anxiety and stress.
(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)
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