Acts of hospitality—giving or receiving—alter our lives forever. When we give our lives over to God and to the mystery of faith, we commit to building a room—right onto our own house, up against the sky. When any of us embark in earnest on a spiritual journey, we commit to the same. No pilgrimage is sustained without the creation of a holy room. Yet, creating such a space is extraordinarily difficult.
In lives ridden with responsibilities, the tasks of daily maintenance, and the inertia of the ordinary, finding a creative and open place for soul work is not easy.
—Dee Dee Risher, The Soulmaking Room (Upper Room Books, 2016)
What “holy room” helps you engage in soul work? Join the conversation.
One day Elisha was passing through Shunem, where a wealthy woman lived, who urged him to have a meal. So whenever he passed that way, he would stop there for a meal. She said to her husband, “Look, I am sure that this man who regularly passes our way is a holy man of God. Let us make a small roof chamber with walls, and put there for him a bed, a table, a chair, and a lamp, so that he can stay there whenever he comes to us.”
—2 Kings 4:8-10 (NRSV)
Prayer for the Week
Creator God, I give this day over to you and to the mystery of faith. I commit space and time in this very day for soul work.
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(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)
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