Healing LoveNew Every Morning | March 28, 2021
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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Palm Sunday/Passion Sunday
Liturgy of the Palms
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I’d say counseling and efforts to help my son as I am able are how is God inviting me to receive or give healing love. Hosanna on Palm Sunday! Despite a dreary looking view outside my window this morning, this is a very blessed celebration. Even long ago there were people who recognized Jesus as God’s only begotten Son, the Messiah, the Christ, Emmanuel. Perhaps not always in the way God intended, but holy none the less. We have to celebrations over the next 8 days, Palm Sunday and Easter, in between there’s the positive of Maunday Thursday and the ordeal of Good Friday. Prayes that this year’s Holy Week, the second in this pandemic, brings hope, peace, healing, resolution, and well-being to everyone. Without this week the joy of Christmas is for naught. Thank You, Lord , for loving us.
I have felt God calling me to seek counseling. Also as I think I related someone has reached out to me with an offer to help pay the divorce attorney fees. This act of selfless love is something I have never encountered and humbled me greatly.
Prayers for Robert and Erich and their counseling.
Prayers for Ally’s job ssearch, David’s continued therapy and recovery as well as the recovery and appetite of Lewis kitty and Rachel’s insulin.
Prayers for Jill, may she accomplish much school work today.
Prayers for April and her Bible reading and Lou and her spending time with family soon, perhaps for Easter and for Marcy and her physical and emotional recovery.
Prayers for the UR readers, posters and administrators.
My job asks of me to provide healing and help everyday and I try my best to help my children and other family members as much as I am able. I have been feeling very tired lately and I did not participate in a distanced social activity this weekend because of it. I do hope to participate in my churches outdoor hosanna march today. It will be my first “in person” church activity in over a year and I am grateful for the opportunity to connect with my church family. The weeks have been long and filled with much work but I am thankful for my job and the activity.
Prayers for many traveling this week – it seems many are trying to get back to “normal” and my local schools are on spring break and many of my families that I work with are traveling. I haven’t felt comfortable with that yet but hope to travel to see my kids once I feel better with the pandemic world. I’m not sure when that will be for me. I am struggling with the re- entry process even though I have now been fully vaccinated. I want to be sure that it is safe to go see my young adult children who have not been vaccinated. The numbers in my area are going up again and I fear that we are too anxious to return to normal life and many are rushing the process. Prayers of health and safety for all as we continue to struggle through this time.
Prayers for all hear at the UR in this Holy Week.
May God bless you all and keep you safe.
Prayers for all * here at the UR…
I believe that the week in Florida will provide ample time to give and receive healing love. Our time at the beach will mark the two year anniversary of mom’s passing. There will be tender times with dad – and I feel like God is filling up my tank – which was depleted by the time dad left for Florida. I sense it all the more when my sister is not in town. I feel like the burden (and I don’t like to use that word…but it most aptly describes it) of looking after dad falls all on my shoulders and brings back memories of when mom was alive, but struggling and my sister was gone. God sustained me – and He also gives respite as needed. I must trust in His timing and strength. I also have some questions I am going to ask my sister – about mom’s final hours.
It is just so good to be back in church. Tho the gathering is very sparse (I am grateful for the safety of this) – I see special people and it is good to be amongst them. This morning I saw a friend who lost her husband shortly before my mom died and then she lost her mom about 7 months later. She sent me encouraging texts during mom’s final days. It was so good to see her today and to take a moment to see how she has been doing. We had texted minimally over the last year. Even tho masked – I knew she was smiling – and that was so very good.
It was a nice Palm Sunday service and there were palm branches for everyone who wanted them. May this Holy Week be meaningful and prepare us for the events which lie ahead of us.