James R. Hayes (Tennessee)
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You didn’t receive a spirit of slavery to lead you back again into fear, but you received a Spirit that shows you are adopted as [God’s] children. With this Spirit, we cry, “Abba, Father.” - Romans 8:15 (CEB)
As I drove home from my mother’s funeral, I was struck by the deeply sad thought that with both of my parents dead, I had become an orphan. I was feeling sorry for myself — utterly alone and dejected.
In the depths of my despair, the Spirit reminded me that...
I am loved as a member of God’s family.
Someone mourning the death of a parent
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I could not have found The Upper Room Moments of Prayer (on Facebook Live) sooner. For it is during these moments of centering spiritual practices, meditating on the words of scripture, praying with and for the world, that I find moments of transcendence, hear whispers of peace and hope, see glimpses of truth and justice, behold visions of love and beauty amid all the stark realities that are around me.”