Building Healthy Relationships2008 Issue 2 (ISSN 2163-7768)

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Do you ever wonder if the Lord cares about you? Your life? Your relationships? The New Church teaches that not only does the Lord care about all aspects of our life, He is providing for us constantly. His care and attention are intimately present as we strive to know Him while we work on relating to our spouse, family, neighbors, friends, co-workers, and new people we meet each day.

“The Lord’s foresight and providence are in the very minutest of these tiniest details connected with a person, in things so very minute that it is impossible by any thought to comprehend as much as one out of a hundred millions of them...” (Secrets of Heaven 3854). I’m reminded of the quote from the Psalms “How precious to me are your thoughts, O God! How vast is the sum of them! Were I to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand” (Psalm 139: 17-18).

In this issue we explore the tools the Lord provides to help us purposefully nurture the health of the different relationships in our life. We explore questions about relating with God, forgiveness, marriage, and more on pp.6-7. If you think building healthy relationships is complicated, try out some of the 101 simple approaches on p.12. We also hope you’ll take practical steps to support your relationships by engaging in a Building Healthy Relationships program with a local New Church congregation or online (see previews of this program on pp. 14-19). Whether joining a spiritual growth program or connecting with a friend, we invite you to take a step for growth in your life today.

Bronwen HenryBronwen Henry, General Church Outreach

Daily Inspiration

"To believe in the Lord is to have confidence that He saves; and because only those who have good lives can have such confidence, this too is meant by believing in Him."

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