WE DON’T ALWAYS think of praying for those locked in a dispute. When we hear that [someone] is divorcing or two friends aren’t speaking, we may get caught up in taking sides. Instead we can lift them up to God, sending each one love and strength in the Spirit. Such prayers might go something like this:
May the wisdom of the Spirit be with each of you.
May your hearts be open to the grace of healing.
O God, our refuge, protect and guide them.
God of love, show them the way to love.
Prayer addresses the helplessness we feel when relationships seem to be unraveling. Each time we hear more of the pain and impasse, we can take the matter to prayer once again.
- Kathleen Fischer
Forgiveness: Perspectives on Making Peace with Your Past
From “It Often Happens by Inches” by Kathleen Fischer, page 67 in Forgiveness: Perspectives on Making Peace with Your Past, compiled and introduced by Amy Lyles Wilson. Copyright © 2008 by Fresh Air Books. All rights reserved. Used by permission. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.
If are in conflict with someone, pray for that person today. If not, pray for others whom you know are in conflict.
But when Christ came as a high priest of the good things that have come, then through the greater and perfect tent (not made with hands, that is, not of this creation), he entered once for all into the Holy Place, not with the blood of goats and calves, but with his own blood, thus obtaining eternal redemption.
Hebrews 9:11-12, NRSV
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This week we remember Jude (October 28).
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