The love of Jesus flowing among us can provide spiritual comfort. When we cannot find the right words, we can rest in the Spirit’s comfort together. We are not alone. While the Spirit cannot physically hold our hand, embrace us, or speak audible words to our pain, another person can. People—as complex and risky as they can be—are God’s hands and feet, hugs and words, silent but comforting embraces. People bring us into a deeper awareness of what the love God offers can look like in everyday touch, sight, and language. People embody God’s love for us in ways that we need, and it is OK to need God’s love in human ways.
—Angela D. Schaffner, Gather Us In: Leading Transformational Small Groups (Upper Room Books, 2020)
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The Lord God’s spirit is upon me,
because the Lord has anointed me.
He has sent me
to bring good news to the poor,
to bind up the brokenhearted,
to proclaim release for captives,
and liberation for prisoners.
—Isaiah 61:1 (CEB)
Prayer for the Week
God, we praise you for gathering us together like a mother hen gathers her chicks under her wings.
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(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)
- Genesis 24:34-38, 42-49, 58-67
- Psalm 45:10-17 or Song of Solomon 2:8-13
- Romans 7:15-25a
- Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30
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