A Holy RoomNew Every Morning | November 9, 2020
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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My “holy room” is my blue chair each morning, where I meet with God, preparing my heart and mind for the day. I am grateful for my solitude, my early morning schedule, the quietness, the comfort of my routine. It is good to sit quietly with Him, before Him – with His Word near, with petitions flowing, His peace sustaining.
A few more treasured days of warmth, sunshine and windows open. Everyone is just amazed at this stretch of weather. It seems like a gift coming at the end of a strife filled week. We are practically giddy over it, raking our yards in shorts, kids riding bikes, motorcyclists out in full force. Dad is going to golf again this morning with his friends.
Father – for the week which lies ahead, walk beside us and sustain us. Show us whom to shower with unexpected kindnesses.
My early morning prayer, Quiet Time, is my holy room, It returns when I am about to go to sleep. Today’s
Scripture shook my memory, I certainly didn’t remember that. Yes this weather is quite unusual, welcome, pleasant, and unexpected. Had a nice visit with my church family at the tailgate meeting yesterday. Face Time with my daughter, another prospective way to make a living for Erich, a pecan pie awaits, and good progress with my model. Prayers for peace, hope, joy, and health to all the UR family and beyond. The Lord is needed every day. Thank You, Lord.
Fill My Cup Lord https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s4l2yY2r95g
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