calm me into a quietness
and molds my longings
and my passions,
into a more holy
Todd Loder, Guerrillas of Grace, 1984next >
It was certainly our sickness that he carried, and our sufferings that he bore, but we thought him afflicted, struck down by God and tormented. He was pierced because of our rebellions and crushed because of our crimes. He bore the punishment that made us whole; by his wounds we are healed. Like sheep we had all wandered away, each going its own way, but the Lord let fall on him all our crimes.
Isaiah 53:4-6next >
Artist Brian Andreas, creator of the “StoryPeople” brand, writes short inspiring stories about life and illustrates them with beautiful colors and bright creatures. One of my favorite quips from Andreas is this: “There is a strength that comes from knowing you will die & still refusing to love with anything less than your whole self.”
This one sentence could sum up the ministry of Jesus and the life Christians are called to live. In the Gospels, Jesus talks a lot about giving up yourself in order to follow him. He says “all who lose their lives because of me will find their life” (Matthew 16:25). This means surrendering yourself to the abundant love of God and letting it envelop your whole being. Allowing this extravagant love to fill in the cracks of your brokenness will in turn help you to love yourself and the world with nothing but your entire heart.
Sarah Briggsnext >
God, thank you for your abounding love, despite my brokenness. Help me to wash myself in your love, so that I may love your world with my whole self. Amen.next >
“It’s gonna be alright
Turn around and let back in the light
And joy will come
Like a bird in the morning sun
And all will be made well
Josh Garrels, “Morning Light,” 2015
Sarah Briggs is a graduate of the Gardner-Webb School of Divinity. She serves as the Youth and Family Ministries Coordinator of St. James Episcopal Church in Black Mountain, NC. She enjoys live music, spending time with the folks she loves, and exploring the Blue Ridge Mountains she is lucky enough to call home.
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