Only the Holy Spirit working in us can accomplish the new creation God intends each of us to be. We do not create the pattern of human holiness—it already exists and is shown to us in Christ. We do not make ourselves holy through great and diligent spiritual practice; only God can make us holy. We must be willing to change and open to the work of grace in us.
—Marjorie J. Thompson, Companions in Christ: The Way of Forgiveness (Upper Room Books, 2002)
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I am confident of this, that the one who began a good work among you will bring it to completion by the day of Jesus Christ.
—Philippians 1:6 (NRSV)
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,” The Upper Room Worshipbook
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