From time to time writing brings up difficult or uncomfortable thoughts. …
When you encounter such thoughts, feelings, or questions, the best step is to pray. Pray to the loving God who created you and ask God to help you deal with whatever you experienced in your writing. Learning to live with questions and to hold yourself and these questions mercifully is a worthy endeavor and very much a possibility as you write with the Bible in this way. Accepting the flow of thoughts and feelings that are stirred up as I read the Bible has given me greater resilience and joy and deepened my relationship with God.
—Jane Herring, One Day I Wrote Back: Interacting with Scripture Through Creative Writing (Upper Room Books, 2015)
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But [Jesus] answered [the tempter], “It is written, ‘One does not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’ ”
—Matthew 4:4 (NRSV)
Prayer for the Week
Gracious God, your word says that you will always guide me. You are with me during every moment of every day. You will satisfy my needs when I feel frustrated, and you will strengthen me when life makes me weary. Help me to follow your ways as you lead me into a life of fruitfulness and joy. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.
—Adapted from “30 Powerful Prayers to God for Guidance and Direction,” at ConnectUsFund.org
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(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)
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