Hope lives in you, hope lives in me, hope lives in all of us who are willing to keep the faith, uplift the family, speak out against injustices, stand up and fight for freedom, to give selflessly to those who are in need. . . . Hope is vigilant! Hope is determined! Hope is unwavering! For hope looks at what is yet walks in the confident assurance that what should be one day will be.
—Michael W. Waters, Freestyle: Reflections on Faith, Family, Justice, and Pop Culture (Fresh Air Books, 2014)
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Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength.They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.
—Isaiah 40:31 (NIV)
Prayer for the Week
Dear God, help my generation rise to meet the challenges of our day with courage and integrity. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
—Prayer by Michael W. Waters in Freestyle: Reflections on Faith, Family, Justice, and Pop Culture
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Read more from Michael W. Waters on the Upper Room Ministries Blog. In “A Different Set of Rules,” Waters writes about growing up as a young Black boy and raising his son in America. His experiences reflect a troubling reality for Black people across the country. As you read his story, let it guide you to prayer and action. Read “A Different Set of Rules.”
(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)
Trinity Sunday (June 12)
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