During the time I served as a parish priest in New York, I accompanied a multigenerational group to Long Island one Saturday. We gathered in a meadow close to the Long Island Sound, and a naturalist led us through the meadow along a path to the shore. Our guide requested that we be silent and walk with awareness. We passed through grasses, wildflowers, bushes, and a few mud puddles. We were instructed to note our observations—the effects of the breeze, the color of the sky, the texture of earth and vegetation, our neighbor’s walking—and, when we came to the shore, the little creatures skittering about in the shallow water.
—Elizabeth J. Canham, Finding Your Voice in the Psalms: An Invitation to Honest Prayer (Upper Room Books, 2013)
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When I look at the night sky and see the work of your fingers—the moon and the stars you set in place—
what are mere mortals that you should think about them,
human beings that you should care for them?
—Psalm 8:3-4 (NLT)
Prayer for the Week
Show me your ways, Lord,
teach me your paths.
Guide me in your truth and teach me,
for you are God my Savior,
and my hope is in you all day long.
Psalm 25:4-5 (NIV)
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(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)
- Genesis 24:34-38, 42-49, 58-67
- Psalm 45:10-17 or Song of Solomon 2:8-13
- Romans 7:15-25a
- Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30
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