In each setting, whether in the desert or the city, women grappled with core questions about what it meant to follow Christ and what rhythms of solitude and community would foster their discipleship. The desert mothers invite us to reflect on our practices—the means by which we seek after God and the attitudes of heart that dispose us to deeper relationship with God. In the coming days, as we reflect on these women of the desert, we will explore such practices as prayer, humility, lectio divina, and discernment, asking along the way, How do we practice? By what particular path will we follow Christ? What habits enable us to unhide ourselves from God?
—Jan L. Richardson, In the Sanctuary of Women: A Companion for Reflection and Prayer (Upper Room Books, 2010)
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Jesus would withdraw to deserted places for prayer.
—Luke 5:16 (CEB)
Prayer for the Week
We are waking, God.
We are waking,
and we pray
that we may know you
as manna in the desert,
wellsprings in the wilderness,
honey from the rock,
O God our habitation
and our way.
—Jan L. Richardson, “Prayer for the Morning,” In the Sanctuary of Women
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