Words of Hope During COVID-19
Elaine A. Heath, author of God Unbound, tells five ways she and her community are coping with the stress of the COVID pandemic quarantine. She talks about the importance of mindfulness, physical work, good theology, play, and immersing ourselves in beauty every day.
In Christ we become an entirely new creation! All that is old in us—the useless ideas, the faithless attitudes, the tightly held fears and destructive behaviors—will pass away as we give ourselves more fully to God. In their place will come gifts of the Spirit—new ways of understanding, believing, and acting that belong to the mind and heart of Jesus. All the Creator asks is that we be utterly honest before God, to open ourselves to grace, to abide in Christ our Redeemer, and to give ourselves in love as much as we can each day.
—Marjorie J. Thompson, Companions in Christ: The Way of Forgiveness (Upper Room Books, 2002)
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So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new!
—2 Corinthians 5:17 (NRSV)
Prayer for the Week
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace, your love, and your forgiveness.
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