Words of Hope During COVID-19
Larry Peacock, Upper Room Books author and faculty member of The Academy for Spiritual Formation, tells how he has been starting his days centered in God’s presence. Rather than immediately checking the news, he begins by stretching as he prays and does spiritual practices.
Those who practice spiritual disciplines know that emptiness and loss are the womb for rebirth. They discipline themselves to create silence—space empty of words—in which their hearing is sharpened to hear more. In the closing of their eyes to the bright light of sight, they see what can only be seen in the dark. In the fasting from food, they experience the nourishment that comes from a hungry body. When they give alms, they learn that true wealth comes from an empty space in the wallet. When they offer hospitality, they discover the gifts of strangers who now have space in the empty chair at the table.
—Dan Moseley, Lose, Love, Live: The Spiritual Gifts of Loss and Change (Upper Room Books, 2011)
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May the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ be blessed! On account of his vast mercy, he has given us new birth. You have been born anew into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.
—1 Peter 1:3 (CEB)
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Loving God, gather us together and bring us comfort like a mother hen gathers her chicks under her wings.
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