Words of Hope During COVID-19
Claire McKeever-Burgett, Associate Director of The Academy for Spiritual Formation at The Upper Room, invites us to turn the simple act of handwashing into a sacrament of healing and hope. Our hands are extensions of our hearts, she says. Join her in praying this Blessing of the Hands—through this prayer you will bless your own hands and the hands of many others.
Jesus longed for the love and for the sight of his heavenly Father, because his identification with God was so complete, so enveloping, so formative that it eclipsed his own will. As close as a thought to its utterance; inspiration to imagination; idea to word, the One in whose image Jesus was born and formed and pre-imagined; the One whom Jesus found so thoroughly and identified with so firmly that he was able to declare, “If you know me, you will know my Father also. From now on you do know him and have seen him.” (John 14:7)
—Rosalind C Hughes, A Family Like Mine: Biblical Stories of Love, Loss, and Longing (Upper Room Books, 2020)
How does Jesus’ close identification with the Heavenly Parent inspire you? Join the conversation.
In a little while the world will no longer see me, but you will see me; because I live, you also will live. On that day you will know that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you.
—John 14:19-20 (NRSV)
Prayer for the Week
God, who is both Father and Mother, I give thanks for your unconditional love, protection, and guidance.
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(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)
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