I recently talked to my director about the anger and hurt I felt at my workplace due to a poorly communicated change in my role and responsibilities. I used the word betrayal. But as I expressed my anger, my director asked if perhaps there was an element of fear or loss to consider in this scenario. Indeed, this question became a Lookout Point signpost that helped me see beyond the face of anger to a new perspective on my fear of losing my job, coupled with my perceived loss of status. The view of that fear led to a completely different conversation and awareness of God working with me and in me to calm the storm.
—Marsha Crockett, Sacred Conversation: Exploring the Seven Gifts of Spiritual Direction (Upper Room Books, 2021)
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If we walk in the light as he himself is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin.
—1 John 1:7 (NRSV)
Prayer for the Week
New every morning is your love, great God of light, and all day long you are working for good in the world. Stir up in us desire to serve you, to live peacefully with our neighbors and all your creation, and to devote each day to your Son, our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.
—“A Liturgy for Morning Prayer,” Upper Room Worshipbook
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