[OUR MINISTRIES] happen in real places where real human lives are connected to the life of Christ. God’s call upon each of our lives is largely defined by where we are and where we’re from. I’ve discovered one of the sources of strength for the long obedience of ministry is found in naming the places I’ve been, recalling the faces of people I’ve known, and reclaiming the ways ordinary places became holy places in my life.
—James A. Harnish, Extraordinary Ministry in Ordinary Time: An Invitation to Renewal for Pastors (Upper Room Books, 2020)
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When Jacob woke from his sleep, he thought to himself, The LORD is definitely in this place, but I didn’t know it. He was terrified and thought, This sacred place is awesome. It’s none other than God’s house and the entrance to heaven.
—Genesis 28:16-17 (CEB)
Prayer for the Week
Stir up in us desire to serve you, to live peacefully with our neighbors and all your creation, and to devote each day to your Son, our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.
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