Oftentimes, we are not alone in hearing a local cry for help, and we are wise to collaborate in our reply. One local spiritual pioneer, hearing the pain of divorce in their community, gathered local leaders from the fields of mental health, education, health care, and representative faith groups to address marital health issues in a proactive way. Together, they formed a collective rotating premarital education series for couples. The whole effort knit together dozens of new partnerships, and the entire community benefited as more couples entered marriage better prepared for the journey.
—Ben Ingebretson, Plant Like Jesus: The Church Planter’s Devotional (Upper Room Books, 2020)
When you hear a cry for help, who can you collaborate with for greater benefit to the entire community? Join the conversation.
I love the LORD, because he has heard
my voice and my supplications.
Because he inclined his ear to me,
therefore I will call on him as long as I live.
—Psalm 116:1-2 (NRSV)
Prayer for the Week
Teach me, Lord Jesus, to listen as you did. Help me to be slow to speak, slow to judge, and quick to hear. Open my ears so that I can sense both the cry for help around me and your Spirit more clearly, that I might follow you more completely. I pray, in Jesus’ name. Amen.
—Ben Ingebretson, Plant Like Jesus
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We invite you to listen as Pat Luna, retreat leader for The Academy for Spiritual Formation at Camp Sumatanga, reflects on how she is finding—rather than creating—daily life with God. Take a moment to listen here.
(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)
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