Our ELCA has a treasure of faith practice resources and this month, we encourage folks to be CONNECTED IN PRAYER by exploring RESILIENCY. Resiliency includes others, hope, and meaning! That’s nothing new to God. Jesus lived it. The Holy Spirit provides all three on a continual basis. These new resources use the Five Gifts of Discipleship as a framework to explore resiliency in these times through .hearing the word, exploring meaning, praying and silent mediation.

Resiliency: Setting Free our Lament
Resiliency: Faith Practices in Tough Times
Resiliency: Parent’s Guide

We are living in unprecedented times—a health pandemic with economic uncertainty and unresolved racism. There is much that we cannot control, but we can control our choices of behavior. Now is the time to intentionally choose healthy patterns to offset the grief and lament related to these times as we shift to a new normal.

Healthy choices includes faith practices. The Affirmation of Baptism provides five faith practices to integrate into our daily life. Receive each as a gift from God:

live among God’s faithful people
hear the word of God and share in the Lord’s supper
proclaim the good news of God in Christ through word and deed
serve all people following the example of Jesus
strive for justice and peace in all the earth

(Affirmation of Baptism, Evangelical Lutheran Worship, p. 236)