When we were living in Tuskegee, Alabama, I’d set up a picnic table on the screened-in front porch of our home so we could dine outside when the weather was nice. I lit the hurricane lamps just as a fashionably dressed woman passed by on her way home from the nearby veterinary school. I had often seen her and sometimes felt a twinge of jealousy, imagining what it would be like to be such a refined professional woman. Later, when she and I actually met, I discovered that this woman had walked by our home on many evenings, admiring our family gathering and the glowing hurricane lamps. I think we had each been swayed by envy.
—Lucimarian Roberts, My Story, My Song: Mother-Daughter Reflections on Life and Faith (Upper Room Books, 2012)
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For as long as there is jealousy and quarreling among you, are you not fleshly and behaving according to human inclinations?
—1 Corinthians 3:3 (NRSV)
Prayer for the Week
Dear God, this week we thank you for mothers and other people who have shown us the value of faith and singing songs of praise to you. Help us to pass on the lessons they have taught us and to demonstrate grace toward others. Amen.
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