As I listened to the addresses of both Gov. Cuomo of New York and Gov. Holcomb of Indiana this past week, I realized that despite some political differences between the two both highlighted the truth that in this time of social distancing, spiritual connection is all the more important. I invite us all to continue to practice responsible social distancing, but also to reconnect with faith and family as we practice the vital practice of spiritual connection.
For the scripture of the week, I chose part of the letter that Jeremiah wrote to the young people who had been taken away in the Babylonian captivity. Though he was a great distance away, Jeremiah encouraged them with a letter that became a source of faith and strength for Daniel and others as they faced great adversity, and it still rings though the pages of history as a great source of comfort and strength. As you read the scripture, I hope you will find comfort and strength, and also think of who you might encourage from a distance.
(scripture of the week)
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.
You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you,” declares the LORD” (Jeremiah 29:11–14, NIV11-GK)
(prayer of the week)
Lord in these times of social distancing when so many of us are feeling disconnected, help us to rediscover spiritual connection to our family and friends as well as you, Our Rock and Our Redeemer, amen.
(quote of the week)
There are good ships and wood ships,
Ships that sail the sea,
But the best ships are friendships,
And may they always be! --Irish Proverb
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