Words of Hope During COVID-19
Cynthia Wilson, on staff at Discipleship Ministries of the United Methodist Church, reminds us to pay attention to the beauty around us during the COVID-19 pandemic. “Have you noticed the beautiful concert that surrounds you?” she asks. Then she reads to us from the beloved chapter 3 of Ecclesiastes, “A Season for Everything.”
I came to realize that the process of grieving loss, of learning to live in the absence of someone or something significant, parallels what many religions call a spiritual pilgrimage. To grow spiritually isn’t simply the practice of reading about the good ideas of others; it is about the way we process the changes in our lives, about the way we travel from death to life as we move from what is lost to what is yet to love. Spiritual growth is about living through a breaking, stretching, aching, remaking process of letting go of that which is gone and taking on a life formed in response to what is becoming.
—Dan Moseley, Lose, Love, Live: The Spiritual Gifts of Loss and Change (Upper Room Books, 2011)
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And not only that, but we also boast in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us.
—Romans 5:3-5 (NRSV)
Prayer for the Week
Loving God, gather us together and bring us comfort like a mother hen gathers her chicks under her wings.
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