When my life crashed and burned, one of the strangely wrapped gifts that came to me was the discovery of just how much of my identity had been firmly rooted in what others thought of me and how I could perform. (And no, that didn’t feel much like a gift at first.) … I was “leaving home” and looking for a sense of security in my marriage, my intact family, and how others perceived me as a leader. When all of those things were shaken, it left me scrambling for solid ground. It makes perfect sense for us to want a healthy marriage, a cohesive family, and respect. Yet we don’t find our center of gravity in things that can be taken from us due to our actions or those of others. We find it in the unchanging love of God.
—Beth Taulman Miller, What Loss Can Teach Us: A Sacred Pathway to Growth and Healing (Upper Room Books, 2021)
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We have known and have believed the love that God has for us. God is love, and those who remain in love remain in God and God remains in them.
—1 John 4:16 (CEB)
Prayer for the Week
New every morning is your love, great God of light, and all day long you are working for good in the world. Stir up in us desire to serve you, to live peacefully with our neighbors and all your creation, and to devote each day to your Son, our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.
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