In many ways, Dorothy [Day]’s own life was marked by episodes of unhappiness—but like many saints, she made great use of her own disappointments. Precisely through her own disappointments and her passion to be with others in theirs, she came to have peace, a fundamental joy, deeper and more enduring than any mere personal pleasantries. Her energy emanated from her devotional life and from an unshakable sense of being in sync with her divine calling.
—James C. Howell, Servants, Misfits, and Martyrs: Saints and Their Stories (Upper Room Books, 1999)
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Don’t you know? Haven’t you heard?
The LORD is the everlasting God,
the creator of the ends of the earth.
He doesn’t grow tired or weary.
His understanding is beyond human reach,
giving power to the tired
and reviving the exhausted.
—Isaiah 40:28-29 (CEB)
Prayer for the Week
Loving God, I give you thanks for those who have pointed me to you and your love. I give thanks for those who have challenged me to be your hands and feet in the world around me. Give me the confidence and desire to do the same for others, to be an example of faithfulness. Amen.
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(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)
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