We are each on a journey toward healing to one degree or another. Though I’ve made incredible progress in my journey of healing from childhood trauma, I am not fully healed from that event and have just begun journeys of healing from other events in my life. And there will be things that happen in the future for which I will need healing. That’s why I return to stillness again and again. I know that I will be able to fulfill my calling only by sitting with God, allowing God to redeem my pain, and being reminded that I am beloved. From there I can practice living as one who is beloved.
—Kristen E. Vincent, We Are Beloved: A Lenten Journey with Protestant Prayer Beads (Upper Room Books, 2019)
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He himself bore our sins in his body on the cross, so that, free from sins, we might live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed.
—1 Peter 2:24 (NRSV)
Prayer for the Week
God of love, who invites me to this journey with your Beloved Son, open my heart to accept your invitation. Hear my concerns about this journey. Help me to learn the way of the beloved. Let me know I am beloved. In the name of Jesus, who reveals the way to your heart. Amen.
—Kristen E. Vincent, We Are Beloved
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