Words of Hope During COVID-19
Tom Albin, Director of Spiritual Formation and Congregational Life at The Upper Room, demonstrates a prayer practice that has been meaningful and energizing for him during this pandemic. Imagining someone, someplace, or something, he holds them, gives thanks, lifts them up to the Lord, and then releases.
Though we recognize our longing for God as the treasure hidden in our loneliness, we cannot diminish the importance of our relationships with people. As we will see later, the divine friendship enhances our friendships with one another. And human friendships have the potential to make God’s friendship with us more real. … Still, human friendships possess limitations in that by themselves they cannot fill the friendship-hole that can be filled only by God. No amount of human love can ever satisfy the other loneliness tugging away at our souls.
—Trevor Hudson, Beyond Loneliness: The Gift of God’s Friendship (Upper Room Books, 2016)
How do your relationships with others enhance your relationship with God? Join the conversation.
Dear friends, let’s love each other, because love is from God, and everyone who loves is born from God and knows God.
—1 John 4:7 (CEB)
Prayer for the Week
Dear God, make me a channel of blessing to someone today.
Submit your prayer to The Upper Room.
(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)
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