Day Thirty Seven: We Can Experience Grace in Every Season of Life

Nothing can separate us from the love of God. Love is an all-season virtue. Our love for our spouse, partner, children, and dear friends persists in health and illness, wealth and poverty. God is with us in the all the seasons of life, and we can creatively respond to God regardless of our life condition.

Death is one of the greatest adventures not only because it takes us into the Unknown, but because dying is often painful and we are vulnerable and dependent on others. Our lives can witness to God’s love regardless of the circumstances. We can for others in our vulnerability. As our lives move toward a Larger World, we can bring the Love of the afterlife to our present life situation. Even if we can’t do anything else, we can always pray for the world’s healing and for the well-being of our loved ones. When we are dependent, gratitude and prayer may be our greatest gifts to God and one another.

Today’s affirmations invite you to become a Mahatma, a great-souled one, whose life embraces the holy otherness of those around you and shares in the universal love of God.’
I witness to God’s love in all the seasons of life.
I am at peace regardless of my life situation.
Nothing can separate me from the love of God.
I pray in all circumstances for the healing of the earth and my loved ones.

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 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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