The heart is deceitful above all things.
[Jesus said,] “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.
Let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds.
We are people of hope, and we all want 2021 to be better than last year. But this last week has been heavy to walk through. Our country keeps surpassing horrific milestones of hospitalizations and deaths to the coronavirus. We continue to battle the virus of racism in America. And then events in Washington, D. C. last Wednesday shocked and pained most of us as violence temporarily threatened our over 200-year tradition of peaceful transfers of power.
We continue our journey of faith in these unprecedented times. Let us not lose hope. God is with us, and God gives us the strength, courage and wisdom we need. We can see through the centuries that even in times of war, persecution, plagues and angry controversies, the Holy Spirit has stayed with God's people.
So as we enter a new week, in your prayers remember those every week who are losing loved ones to Covid-19. Pray for the families mourning lives lost in Washington last Wednesday, and for our national leaders as they deal with the aftermath of those events. Pray for those who continue to press for greater justice and equality in our land. And pray for yourself, and for our church family, called to be the hands and feet of Christ, walking humbly with God to seek mercy and do justice.
Spirit of the Living God,
Fall afresh upon us. Mold us, shape us, and use us in these problematic times.
Give us eyes to see, ears to hear, and may our voices be filled with truth and love. Help us to see that WE are uniquely created but divinely made in the image of you.
We pray for all those have lost loved ones this week. We pray for our country, and especially that in our country you will bring justice that rolls down like a mighty river.
— Tino Herrera, Congregational Care Pastor
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