Over the past several decades I have had to turn and return to God, again and again and at many different levels. Nearly every day my feelings and thoughts and actions reveal fresh layers of self-centeredness and self-interest. With the help of supportive mentors and soul friends, I have learned not to berate or punish myself when confronted with these sinful dimensions of my life; instead, I remind myself of the incredible depths of God’s resurrection love and entrust myself again to Christ, “warts and all.” Only God can bring about the deep, inner transformation for which our hearts long.
—Trevor Hudson, Hope Beyond Your Tears: Experiencing Christ’s Healing Love, with a foreword by Dallas Willard (Upper Room Books, 2012)
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Do you despise the riches of his kindness and forbearance and patience? Do you not realize that God’s kindness is meant to lead you to repentance?
—Romans 2:4 (NRSV)
Prayer for the Week
God of Compassion, we offer you our tears—tears of release, tears of grief, tears of joy. Receive them in love, and reveal to us the healing they can bring. Amen. Submit your prayer to The Upper Room.
(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)
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