What we bring to God is not great holiness and wisdom but brokenness and profound need, a virtually desperate desire to be loved, held, and swept up into the very heart of God. Our weakness is not something to be corrected but becomes the crucible in which intimacy with God is established. When we expose our weakness, we understand what Teresa meant when she wrote, “God delivered me, in such a way that, even against my own will, He seems to have contrived that I should not be lost.” God is not somewhere far away, the object of some arduous quest or journey. Rather, God is very close, nearer to us than our next breath.
—James C. Howell, Servants, Misfits, and Martyrs: Saints and Their Stories (Upper Room Books, 1999)
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God’s love was revealed among us in this way: God sent his only Son into the world so that we might live through him. In this is love, not that we loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the atoning sacrifice for our sins.
—1 John 4:9-10 (NRSV)
Prayer for the Week
Loving God, I give you thanks for those who have pointed me to you and your love. I give thanks for those who have challenged me to be your hands and feet in the world around me. Give me the confidence and desire to do the same for others, to be an example of faithfulness. Amen.
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