Healing happens, but healing does not happen on our terms or on our schedule. So we pray for healing, and we wait. What do we do while we wait? Sitting passively is not a wise choice; life moves quickly. Sitting passively also does disservice to our understanding of God’s redeeming love for the world. Even when wounded and needy, we can speak of God’s love and grace and act with compassion, becoming conduits of God’s healing love. No matter our condition, we live and act in faith and in hope, maintaining the long perspective of God’s grace.
—George Hovaness Donigian, A World Worth Saving: Lenten Spiritual Practices for Action (Upper Room Books, 2013)
How is God inviting you to receive or give healing love? Join the conversation.
Surely he has borne our infirmities
and carried our diseases. . . .
But he was wounded for
our transgressions . . .
And by his bruises we are healed.
—Isaiah 53:4-5, NRSV
Prayer for the Week
I believe the world you created is worth saving. Give me the courage and strength and the desire to act in big and little ways to make your justice and love real on earth. Amen.
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(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)
Palm Sunday/Passion Sunday
Liturgy of the Palms
Liturgy of the Passion
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