Day Forty: Everything is Wrapped in God’s Embrace

God never loses anything. God’s adventure embraces and treasures us, and also the non-human world. We are forever in God’s care, for nothing that is loved is ever lost.

God is the Great Soul, for whom life and death reveal an emerging evolving Love. Our loves grow with and in God now and forever. So, even though we have no clear awareness of what is to come, we can trust God’s companionship in any future we can imagine.

God’s future is all embracing. Whether we imagine heaven or reincarnation as our future, we are in God’s care – all of us. There cannot be a heaven if there is a hell. The hundredth sheep is brought home so the ninety nine can experience wholeness. That’s the meaning of salvation – health, wholeness, and unity with all life.

As you look to the future, live with these affirmations.
I am in God’s hands today and forevermore.
God’s love embraces me eternally.
God’s love embraces all things eternally.

Bruce Epperly is a theologian, spiritual guide, healing companion, retreat leader and lecturer, and author of nineteen books, including Holy Adventure: 41 Days of Audacious Living; God’s Touch: Faith, Wholeness, and the Healing Miracles of Jesus; and Tending to the Holy: The Practice of the Presence of God in Ministry. He has taught at Georgetown University, Wesley Theological Seminary, Claremont School of Theology, and Lancaster Theological Seminary. He is currently theologian in residence at St. Peter’s United Church of Christ in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. He can be reached for lectures, seminars, and retreats at bruceepperly@gmail.com

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About Bruce Epperly

Rev. Bruce Epperly, Ph.D., serves as Pastor at South Congregational Church, United Church of Christ, Centerville, MA. Prior to coming to Cape Cod in 2013, he served on the faculties and often in administrative and chaplaincy roles at Georgetown University, Claremont School of Theology, Wesley Theological Seminary, and Lancaster Theological Seminary. Bruce is currently a professor in spirituality, ministry, and theology in the doctoral program at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington D.C. He has served as pastor or interim pastor of congregations in Virginia, Maryland, and Pennsylvania. He is the author or co-author of over 35 books in the areas of theology, spirituality, ministerial excellence and spiritual formation, scripture, and healing and wholeness, including Process Theology: Embracing Adventure with God; Finding God in Suffering: A Journey with Job; From Here to Eternity: Preparing for the Next Adventure; and A Center in the Cyclone: Clergy Self-care in the 21st Century.


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