Sometimes I imagine God as that beggar, sitting on the side of the road and calling to us through our own fears, hopes, and struggles; calling to us through the fears, hopes, and struggles of others. The question to ask ourselves if we want to be open, available, and responsive to God is this: Will we stand still long enough to pay attention?
—L. Roger Owens, Everyday Contemplative: The Way of Prayerful Living (Upper Room Books, 2022)
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As Jesus was leaving Jericho, together with his disciples and a sizable crowd, a blind beggar named Bartimaeus, Timaeus’ son, was sitting beside the road. When he heard that Jesus of Nazareth was there, he began to shout, “Jesus, Son of David, show me mercy!”
—Mark 10: 46-47 (CEB)
Prayer for the Week
Nurturing God, tend our lives like a patient gardener. May our desire for you grow as your grace works the soil of our lives. Amen. Submit your prayer to The Upper Room.
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