Marianne Williamson describes every moment as either “love or a call to love.” When I hold this in my mind, in my heart, my outlook is transformed.
What would it look like for each one of us to respond to other’s actions as a call to love? When you or a loved one receives bad news, can you hold others with that same experience in compassion? And maybe even yourself? When you experience a loss, can you show gentleness to your grieving self? The same kindness you would show another in your place? When a loved one is in pain, and you don’t know what to say, can you be there anyway? What does it feel like to open to the compassionate presence of the Creator and let that love flow through you? When you see the unbearable woes of others in the news, can you hold them in deep love and compassion and pray for the end of their suffering, and open to the possibilities of how you can help?.
“For I the Lord your God will hold your right hand, saying to you ‘Fear not; I will help you’.” Isaiah 41:13
Articles in this issue
Is it all in God's hands?
So often we can feel weighed down by horrible events in the world. Explore ways we can deal with these terrible situations around us.
Dealing with overwhelming times
New Church Connection readers were challenged to share a mantra or phrase that helps them through times of struggle, in about 6 words.
Changing lives: a left turn that changed everything
When Janice happened upon a beautiful church building one Sunday, she didn't expect to find a church she could call "home." But she's glad she…
Unique expressions of God's love
Do you know why you were created? Ethan McCardell points out that we are each an articulation of God's love, and implores us to treat…
Seeking answers about difficult times
When we come across hardships in our lives or in the lives of those we love, we quite often question God's role in difficult times.
A poem by Bronwen Henry
Have you ever thought about… (small group Bible study)
Here are some videos on questions we often have. Gather some friends together and utilize this small group outline as structure and a starting point…