In my experience, discovering wholeness has required practicing the means of grace. Means of grace are those intentional practices that put us squarely in the flow of grace—practices such as prayer, silence, solitude, confession, journaling, physical exercise, small groups, worship, and practicing the presence of God, to name a few. I’ve had to intentionally create habits and rhythms that keep me close to Jesus in order to maintain any lasting sense of wholeness.
—Junius B. Dotson, Soul Reset: Breakdown, Breakthrough, and the Journey to Wholeness (Upper Room Books, 2019)
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[Jesus said,] “I am the vine, you are the branches. Those who abide in me and I in them bear much fruit, because apart from me you can do nothing.”
—John 15:5 (NRSV)
Prayer for the Week
God of new beginnings, help us to reset and reorder our lives around your love, grace, and goodness in the year ahead. Amen.
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(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)
Baptism of the Lord
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