I recently attended a church service where several adults were baptized. As part of this ritual, each one of them was asked to affirm his or her choice to be baptized by declaring several sentences that included the words, “I declare my courage to participate in the building of the reign of God that is in the world and in me.” These words moved me deeply. In that moment, I felt compelled to declare my own courage to participate in building the reign of God in the world.
—Henri J. M. Nouwen with Nathan Ball, A Spirituality of Fundraising: Workbook Edition (Upper Room Books, 2019)
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He sent them out to proclaim the kingdom of God and to heal.
—Luke 9:2 (NRSV)
Prayer for the Week
Creator God, Give me vision and mission, so that I may find new life and direction.
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