When, like Jesus, we regularly retreat in order to attend to God’s Word in an especially focused way, then the time spent in this environment for listening will bear fruit in the many ministries of a spiritually alive life. What are these fruits? They are love and freedom, which nourish our spiritual growth and strengthen us for the work of proclaiming the Good News in word and deed.
—John S. Mogabgab, “In Retreat,” The Wondrous Mystery: An Upper Room Advent Reader, compiled by Benjamin Howard (Upper Room Books, 2019)
How often do you allow yourself time alone to pray? How can you find this time during the busy holiday season? Join the conversation.
After saying farewell to [the disciples], [Jesus] went up on the mountain to pray.
—Mark 6:46 (NRSV)
Prayer for the Week
God, thank you for what is just around the corner. In a season filled with the longest, darkest nights, I await the coming of the most beautiful light.
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(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)
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