GPW Minute for 8/9 – Spiritual Hope! Hope and Spiritual Wellness (Hope is the feeling you have that the feeling you have will get better) A WORD FROM THE LORD “Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.” Romans 5:3-5 A WORD OF ENCOURAGEMENT Times of spiritual dryness come from time to time, but the abiding presence of the Spirit in Word and Sacrament brings the hope of joy and peace that awaits us! WE’RE PRAYING FOR YOU “Heavenly Father, in times when You seem near and in times when You seem far away, remind me of Your covenant of perfect love because of the unchanging gospel of Christ my Lord. Amen.” RENEWAL MOMENT Take a deep breath. Exhale Slowly. “Lord, have mercy.” Thanksgiving for the promise of God’s abiding blessing, even when I don’t feel it! MARKER OF WELLBEING: Spiritual As I grow in God’s grace of Spiritual GOODNESS, I am finding joy in RECEPTIVITY to His gifts, maturing and growing in Christ.