Whether with an intimate partner, a family member, or a friend, love calls us to move past our fixed ideas, our expectations, our assumptions about what we want to see, the false visions we construct about who others are. Love requires us to recognize and receive what is really there and to perceive how God dwells in the other. It can be difficult to abide the seeing, not because it is so challenging but because it is so wondrous. We may find it harder to take in another’s glory than to take in the difficulties that arise in relationship. Yet to abide the seeing and to remain alive is our invitation and our call.
—Jan L. Richardson, In the Sanctuary of Women: A Companion for Reflection and Prayer (Upper Room Books, 2010)
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I will place my dwelling among you, and I will not despise you. I will walk around among you; I will be your God, and you will be my people.
—Leviticus 26:11-12 (CEB)
Prayer for the Week
Lord, guide me to reflect on—and learn from—the decisions I made yesterday so that they might reshape the longings I have for tomorrow.
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