Words of Hope During COVID-19
Mighty Raising, on staff at Discipleship Ministries of the United Methodist Church, talks about how journaling during the COVID quarantine has helped him. His journal has become a record of God’s faithfulness over the years. It helps him process his worries and express his prayers.
Our forgiving is rooted in God’s forgiveness of us. Because we know ourselves to be forgiven, we too can forgive. God is in the business of creating a new future out of our mistakes and bad decisions, out of our wounds and our woundings. The Holy One is interested in healing the past and helping us move into the reality of God’s own realm, called in scripture “the kingdom of God.”
—Marjorie J. Thompson, Companions in Christ: The Way of Forgiveness (Upper Room Books, 2002)
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Put aside all bitterness, losing your temper, anger, shouting, and slander, along with every other evil. Be kind, compassionate, and forgiving to each other, in the same way God forgave you in Christ.
—Ephesians 4:31-32 (CEB)
Prayer for the Week
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace, your love, and your forgiveness.
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(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)
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