Words of Hope During COVID-19
Motoe Yamada Foor, senior pastor of Sacramento Japanese United Methodist Church (Garden Church), shares how she has been using this quarantine time to enhance her children’s religious education. An inspiring example of family spiritual formation!
Jesus accepts us as we are but never leaves us as we are. As we open up to him, he begins a transforming work in our lives from the inside out, forming his heart in our heart, his mind in our mind. The love that woos us, the love that draws us, also changes us. But we don’t sit back and do nothing. Although grace is opposed to earning, grace is not opposed to effort. If we want to experience the change that Jesus can bring, we need to cooperate with him.
—Trevor Hudson and Stephen D. Bryant, Companions in Christ: The Way of Transforming Discipleship (Upper Room Books, 2006)
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Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God—what is good and acceptable and perfect.
—Romans 12:2 (NRSV)
Prayer for the Week
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(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)
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