Hidden within our loneliness . . . lies a treasure: the longing that God placed in our hearts for divine friendship. We were created with the purpose of befriending God. Our infinite longings remind us that we are made for the Infinite. We were divinely designed for divine connection. Because this is how we have been wired, the only thing that ultimately will bring us joy and happiness is to know a close friendship with God. . . . Deep within us there is a hole that only God’s living presence can fill.
—Trevor Hudson, Beyond Loneliness: The Gift of God’s Friendship (Upper Room Books, 2016)
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You, God, are my God,
earnestly I seek you;
I thirst for you,
my whole being longs for you,
—Psalm 63:1 (NIV)
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.
—”A Liturgy for Morning Prayer,” Upper Room Worshipbook
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(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)
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