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Dear Friends,

Followers of Christ claim that the God who created us loves us beyond anything we can understand or imagine. In scripture, the writer of the first letter to John in the New Testament puts it this way: “God is love, and those who abide in love, abide in God, and God abides in them” (1 John 4:15).

In the New Testament, the word used for abide is closely related to the word that means encamp or dwell. But what does it look like to dwell in love? I recently made a short video to add to our Contemplative Practices series about a prayer practice from the Buddhist tradition, the Lovingkindness Meditation. In this practice, you direct loving thoughts toward yourself, friends, difficult people, and the whole world.

Although not from the Christian tradition, Lovingkindness Meditation may be a way that we can do what the writer of First John instructed us to do - dwell in God’s love for all that God has made. In this time of pain and struggle, our world certainly needs to know God’s love. If you need to experience that love this week, give Lovingkindness Meditation a try.

In Christ, 


Pastor Emily
emily@lcmmadison.org

LCM Spring Retreat:
Walking the Wilderness

March 26 & 27, 2021

Join Lutheran Campus Ministry students from across the midwest at this hybrid virtual / local spring retreat! Cole Arthur Riley, a campus minister at Cornell University will keynote this retreat and lead small groups online on Friday and Saturday evenings at 7pm. On Saturday, join us for several other online and in-person, outdoor activities in Madison including in-person time together in the wilderness (or close as you can get to it in the Lakeshore Nature Preserve). 

A detailed schedule of activities will be available by March 12, when we have a better idea of what to expect in terms of weather. 

Register now!
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