Wherever you may be sitting now, make yourself comfortable and place your hands upon your lap. Curl up your fingers into tightly closed fists. Imagine that in these tightly clenched hands you are holding on to everything that is important for you—your life, your loved ones, your work, your possessions, your resentments, your hopes and dreams for the future. Feel the tension build up from your hands. Now hear Christ’s invitation to let go and let God. It is an invitation to deeper surrender and yieldedness. As you are able, allow your response to find expression in the slow opening of your hands.
—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 not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring worries of its own. Today’s trouble is enough for today.
—Matthew 6:34 (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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