Spiritual Inspiration Messages

  • April 9, 2021

    Submitted by Scott Benton, Outreach Supervisor, VOA-NCNN


  • April 8, 2021

    SUBMITTED BY LISA J. ARTHUR, RESIDENT WELLNESS DIRECTOR, VOA-NCNN

    'What will they think of me?' must be put aside for bliss.

    - Joseph Campbell


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  • April 6, 2021

    From VOA National


  • April 5, 2021

    FROM THE BOOK OF COMMON PRAYER

    Psalm 24

    The earth is the Lord’s and all that is in it, the world and all who dwell therein.
    For it is he who founded it upon the seas and made it firm upon the rivers of the deep.
    “Who can ascend the hill of the Lord? And who can stand in his holy place?”
    “Those who have clean hands and a pure heart, who have not pledged themselves to falsehood, nor sworn by what is a fraud.
    They shall receive a blessing from the Lord and a just reward from the God of their salvation.”
    Such is the generation of those who seek him, of those who seek your face, O God of Jacob.
    Lift up your heads, O gates; lift them high, O everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in.
    “Who is this King of glory?” “The Lord, strong and mighty, the Lord, mighty in battle.”
    Lift up your heads, O gates; lift them high, O everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in.
    “Who is he, this King of glory?” “The Lord of hosts, he is the King of glory.”


  • April 4, 2021

    SUBMITTED BY LEO MCFARLAND, PRESIDENT AND CEO, COMMISSIONED MINISTER, VOA-NCNN

    For the millions of Christians worldwide, Easter Sunday is the celebration of the resurrected Jesus from the tomb on the third day after his crucifixion. It is the most significant date within Christianity as it is the foundation of the Christian faith. The Resurrection of Christ promised an eternal life in heaven to those who believe in his death and resurrection.

    Easter is also aligned with many symbols of the season. There is the Easter Bunny who brings multicolored eggs, or my personal favorite, chocolate eggs. Easter Sunday morning is a symbol of life and spring renewal.

    The traditions many of us have today come from decades of symbolism that have been passed down.

    Early Christians and many other ancient cultures viewed eggs as a symbol of Life. We can thank the early German immigrants who immigrated to America for bringing us the “Easter Hare.” German children would make nests for the Easter Hare in hats and bonnets. Once finished with their nests, the children would put them in a secluded spot with the hopes of finding a nest full of colorful eggs the next morning.

    Of course, each of these cultural traditions expand across the eras to embrace new ways of celebrating the advent of spring and its promise of new life.

    For many of us, Easter presents an opportunity to celebrate all that is good and fresh in the season: the inherent glee of the children who gather in the grass to hunt colorful eggs together; the vibrant spring colors we wear and beautifully decorated straw bonnets; gathering as family to share the spiritual and seasonal wonder of being together. It is an opportunity (in most years) to hug, embrace, and to share what is most important, our love for each other.

    This is a service we hope to extend to those beyond our immediate families. Ministry takes many forms, and we are privileged to extend the love that God has shared with us to the men, women and children who struggle every day. May God’s promise to all of us remain a call to action to serve our neighbors in need.

    Blessings to you today,

    Leo McFarland


  • April 2, 2021

    SUBMITTED BY ANGELA MONROE, MARKETING AND COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER, VOA-NCNN

    This weekend we will celebrate with candy and eggs and bunnies with baskets, but today is a somber day.

    Today we acknowledge hardship, betrayal, and death.

    At VOA, we often meet people at their lowest. They have been beaten, bruised, and morally injured. Their souls are heavy. Their lives have not gone as planned, and they don’t know what to do.

    But then, people like you come along.
    People who listen, who really care, and who view them as a whole person without judgement. People who can look past their circumstances and see the potential they have.

    These people, our VOA angels, bring our clients out of the darkness and into a new and promising life.

    Easter is a beautiful depiction of life from death, rebirth, and new beginnings. At VOA, that’s what we’re all about.


  • April 1, 2021

    SUBMITTED BY LOGAN IVEY, VISUAL MEDIA MANAGER, VOA-NCNN

    “Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.”

    - Helen Keller


  • March 31, 2021

    SUBMITTED BY ANGELA MONROE, MARKETING AND COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER, VOA-NCNN

    "If you're offered a seat on a rocket ship, don't ask what seat! Just get on."

    –Sheryl Sandberg


  • March 30, 2021

    SUBMITTED BY REEM AL-AMIN, GRANTS MANAGER, VOA-NCNN

    “Taking pains to remove the pains of others is the true essence of generosity.”

    Abu Bakr (R.A)


  • March 29, 2021

    SUBMITTED BY PASTOR PAUL W CURRY, MAINTENANCE MANAGER, VOA

    Psalm 143:
    O Lord hear my prayer, listen to my cry for mercy; in your faithfulness and righteousness come to my relief. Do not bring your servant into judgment, for no one living is righteous before you. The enemy pursues me, he crushes me to the ground; he makes me dwell in darkness like those long dead. So my spirit grows faint within me; my heart within me is dismayed. I meditate on all your works and consider what your hands have done. I spread out my hands to you; I thirst for you like parched land. Answer me quickly, Lord, my spirit fails. Do not hide your face from me or I will be like those who go down to the pit. Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I entrust my life. Rescue me from my ememies, Lord for I hide myself in you. Teach me to do your will, for you are my God may your good Spirit lead me on a level ground. For your name sake ,Lord preserve my life in your righteousness, bring me out of trouble. In your unfailing love, silence my enemies, destroy all my foes, for I am your servant.

    IN THE HOLY NAME OF JESUS I CRY THIS PRAY OF DAVID


  • March 26, 2021

    SUBMITTED BY LINDA GRACE, REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT OFFICER, VOA-NCNN

    May the wine we drink, the Torah we share, the food we eat, and the stories we tell remind us of who we have been who we are now and
    Move us towards who we are intended to be.
    May that knowing fill our hearts, pump through our veins, and surge into every cell of our being
    Illuminating body, mind and soul with purpose and connectivity
    And with gratitude.
    May we lean in to all that releases us,
    Rest our backs on Now’s pillow
    Take a deep breath and hold her deep.
    May we open our homes to all who are hungry
    For love, truth, a kind word or a hot meal,
    Please G-d, give us the means to feed and sustain each other.
    Let our vessel be strong
    And let us be brave enough to relive the story we tell.
    The bitter and the sweet,
    The rupture and the repair.
    Let us not be afraid to feel – to break or to rebuild.
    Let us pulsate with the joy that comes from whole and a broken heart.
    Let us know, sweet G-d, in the deepest way that we are one people, with one heart.
    Let our differences in story-telling highlight our unity.
    Let us paint a communal mural on ancient stone with soul and spirit –
    Let the gap between Heaven and Earth be our canvas.
    Let our work until now be enough to bridge that gap.
    Let each cup we drink be an elixir to both spirit and tongue.
    Let us speak true – speak straight – speak wise and speak right.
    Let every word shared on this blessed night bring us closer to what matters.
    Closer to You.
    Let freedom be a bucket You release from On High.
    Let us dance and sing in it that rush.
    Help us be more ready than we have ever been to hold all this and more
    And let us step slowly and proud, with dignity and with grace into redemption
    Together.
    Amen.


  • March 25, 2021

    SUBMITTED BY ANGELA MONROE, MARKETING AND COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER, VOA-NCNN

    “Through touch, God gave us the power to injure or to heal, to wage war or to wash feet. Let us not forget the gravity of that. Let us not forget the call.”

    - Rachel Held Evans, Searching for Sunday


  • March 23, 2021

    SUBMITTED BY DAVID THOMPSON, HEAD HOUSING MANAGER, VOA-NCNN

    Obedience does not depend on your circumstances, Adam sinned in paradise, Jesus obeyed in the desert.


  • March 22, 2021

    SUBMITTED BY CHRIS MANN, EMPLOYMENT SERVICES SUPERVISOR, VOA-NCNN

    For the word of the Lord is right, and all his work is done in truth. He loves righteousness and justice; The earth is full of the goodness of the Lord.

    Psalms 33:4-5