God wants us to know that God holds us with the same certainty whether we are in sorrow or well-being. … For it is God’s will that we cling to God’s comfort with all our might. For bliss is lasting, without end, and pain is passing and shall be brought to nothing for those who will be saved. Therefore it is not God’s will that we follow the feeling of pain with sorrow and mourning, but we will suddenly pass over and remain in the endless delight that is God.
—Upper Room Spiritual Classics: Writings of Julian of Norwich, Edited by Keith Beasley-Topliffe (Upper Room Books, 2017)
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My soul melts away for sorrow;
strengthen me according to your word.
—Psalm 119:28 (NRSV)
Prayer for the Week
God, our Maker, Lover, and Keeper,
Thank you for the everlasting love you have for all you have made.
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