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Weekly Devotionals

Practicing Care

Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.- 1 Peter 4:8

As we settle into this year’s theme of Communion, I believe we can all resonate with the desire for deeper connection and many may be asking the question: how can we become a truly caring community? Or even more specifically, how can I be a more actively engaged and caring person to those around me? For many of us, we may feel out of practice with social interaction, or maybe are more introverted in general or are just so, so tired that conversation and care feel like very heavy lifting these days. Perhaps being caring and engaged with those around us feels like the specific territory for those who are outgoing and/or incredibly soft-hearted and altruistic. However, as Henri Nouwen reminds us in his book Out of Solitude: “Every human being has a great, yet often unknown, gift to care, to be compassionate, to become present with the other, to listen, to hear and to receive.”

Caring is not only the territory of certain people-it is a gift we all possess and we can all extend to one another if we practice some courage to share in mutual vulnerability. I’m reminded of the beginning of my counseling practicum when it was time to move from coursework to seeing clients. My classmates and I were all incredibly nervous before practicum began- what business did we have being counselors? What would we say?! During a time of (quite anxious) prayer in this season, the verse 1 Peter 4:8 came to my mind- to love deeply, because love could cover a multitude of sins. I felt encouraged that perhaps deep care and love could also cover a multitude of counselor rookie mistakes and missteps!

The good news is-even if we feel like we are not the most caring or friendly person- we are made in the image of God thus we have more than just a few resources! As image-bearers who are filled with the Holy Spirit we are resourced with courage, compassion, care, and kindness. It’s already in there! A myriad of fears may tell us otherwise but we can hold on to this truth that we have the ability to care deeply and show Holy-Spirit filled compassion to one another.

I pray for us all this week that we would be reminded of the care and compassion we are resourced with and be intentional to share that- even in ways that may seem small- to those around us.

Blessings to you all this week.