God’s BelovedNew Every Morning | April 21, 2020
Words of Hope During COVID-19
Jan Johnson, author of Growing Compassionate Kids in addition to being a spiritual director, tells how she asks Jesus to help her to bless other people every day. She describes some of the things she’s done to bless other people. This can be a creative exercise, especially during times of confinement.
If you are unsure about your belovedness, I invite you to listen deeply to the Spirit of God. Listen to the Spirit whisper in your own depths that you are God’s beloved. And as you claim your own belovedness, begin to see others also as God’s beloved, so that we can participate in our belovedness together.
—Trevor Hudson and Stephen D. Bryant, Companions in Christ: The Way of Transforming Discipleship (Upper Room Books, 2006)
How might listening to the Spirit enable you to know your belovedness and the belovedness of others? Join the conversation.
So welcome each other, in the same way that Christ also welcomed you, for God’s glory.
—Romans 15:7 (CEB)
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I certainly need to listen better to the Spirit – hearing of Jesus’ unconditional love for all. Each person is beloved, yet I am quick to stand in judgment. As I see His faithfulness in my life – I need to recognize His equally strong compassion for others – and His desire to do a very good work in their lives as well.
Yesterday, the governor of my state closed schools for the remainder of the year, we are to remain working remotely with our students through the first week of June. Not surprising, but the finality of it did strike me. I can’t imagine the impact on my students, especially my seniors. I had two sessions yesterday, returning from spring break, but no students showed up. I will have two sessions today – for my other classes which were not on the schedule yesterday. I am not sure how many students I will see today, and in what shape they will be in – as the students are doing a caravan drive-by for the wife of their beloved teacher, who passed last week. The sorrow remains, and builds with the closing of school for the remainder of the year.
Dad and I took a long walk yesterday under beautifully blue skies and warm sun. It is so spirit-lifting to see the sun and the growth of spring things. Today will be an inside day, with high winds and gray. As a matter of fact – my electricity just went out for 5 seconds. Back on now – hoping my internet is re-connected and I will be able to post this.
Ally – I will pray for David’s emotional and spiritual comfort. So many tentacles involved in this recovery. May today be better, for you both.
Accepting that I am beloved of Christ took, in human terms, 50 years. 22 years later it is still hard to see the belovedness of Christ in everyone, I keep reminding myself that it’s there. I an still searching for a true understanding of Christ, God loving the world.
Prayers for Marcy, Mary, Ally & David,, Julie, the family of the teacher at Jill’s school, Jill and her Dad, Meesook, The UR family, and everyone everywhere affected by the virus. Prayers for God’s wisdom and guidance. Jesus reminds us, “Do not be afraid.” Thank You, Lord.
I still have trouble with this concept. Remarkably, more so for myself thank for others (with exceptions). I feel like a wretched individual unworthy of His love or His belief of my belovedness.
Prayers for Jill and Larry and her students. As I noted several weeks ago ouor governor closed PA schools for the remainder of this school year then. The TV station I watch for the news is showing senior pictires (high school, college, grad school, tech school, etc). It is their way of alleviating some small portion of the pain.
Prayers for Robert, his family, friends and church family, may all stay safe and healthy and continue to stay iin “touch.”
Prayers for Ally and David and David’s neurological issues. I have read that this quite common for all of the reasons you listed. Also, when I was in the ICU due to blood clots I exhibited similar signs and it was a reaction to an antinausea medication. It is rare and most doctors missed this. Prayers for you as you “watch” remotely, may God hold you and quell your fears and running thoughts.
Prayers for Andrea, April, BJ, Lou and Rick. May they and their families be safe and well.
Prayers and thank you and stay safe and healthy dear UR
The Spirit communicates truth. When I listen to the Spirit there are no doubts about my belovedness. Hearing truth enables me to love myself, which enable me to truly love others. There are times when I have difficulty seeing myself as beloved. During those times, I ask the Lord to give me ears to hear so that I may hear the Spirit’s truth.
I spoke with David for about 20 minutes this morning. His voice sounded stronger and his brain was clearer. Please continue to pray for his full recovery and restoration of function. I am thankful for this forum and lift up to the Lord you and your needs and concerns daily. Bless you all!