MERCIFUL GOD, I am trying to deepen my inner life, to spend more time reading scripture and spiritual books, but I am so easily interrupted and distracted. The phone rings and someone wants me to listen. People stop by to share their stories, and my family demands so much time. I take courage in remembering that Jesus was often interrupted by human need. So much so, he had to withdraw to the mountains to be alone and pray. But there was no escape, even there. A father’s cry for his epileptic son, the disciples’ incessant questions, a woman at the well. Give me grace to see your presence in the spaces created by these interruptions. Amen.
– Richard Lyon Morgan
Fire in the Soul
From page 50 of Fire in the Soul: A Prayer Book for the Later Years by Richard Lyon Morgan. Copyright © 2000 by Richard Lyon Morgan. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.
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If it had not been the LORD who was on our side — let Israel now say —
if it had not been the LORD who was on our side, when our enemies attacked us,
then they would have swallowed us up alive, when their anger was kindled against us.
Psalm 124:1-3, NRSV
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