The qualities that made the desert perilous, however, provided just what the desert Christians sought. In the wilderness, they found the external landscape that their interior terrain needed. A desert exposes everything; it provides little room to hide from others, from God, or from oneself. Divested of the possessions, relationships, and rhythms of life that defined them in the city, the ammas found a freedom in the desert that would have been hard to come by otherwise.
—Jan L. Richardson, In the Sanctuary of Women: A Companion for Reflection and Prayer (Upper Room Books, 2010)
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you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s own people, in order that you may proclaim the mighty acts of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.
—1 Peter 2:9 (NRSV)
Prayer for the Week
We are waking, God.
We are waking,
and we pray
that we may know you
as manna in the desert,
wellsprings in the wilderness,
honey from the rock,
O God our habitation
and our way.
—Jan L. Richardson, “Prayer for the Morning,” In the Sanctuary of Women
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