GOD IS LOVE, we often say, and God gives us strength through the power of love. Love’s power comes from deep respect and compassion for each and every person. Love’s power stems from our profound awareness of God’s presence in and around us at all times. It is our ability to know where and how to express compassion—putting others first and listening with true interest and respect. … Loving and powerful God, you have given us divine strength. May we trust it, live in it, and share it with all. Amen.
—Tom Camp, Upper Room Disciplines 2019 (Upper Room Books, 2018)
“For God did not give us a spirit of cowardice, but rather a spirit of power and of love and of self-discipline.”
—2 Timothy 1:7 (NRSV)
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