When I told people I was taking a year off for physical and spiritual renewal, to read and write, to remember the parts of me I loved and wanted to nourish, to pray with a companion for a year, and to discern which ways God wanted this particular branch of his to grow, people asked me what I planned to do with myself. No one really wanted to give me permission to live a year of my life with such seemingly elusive motives. The questioning suggested that such a venture was impractical, irresponsible, navel-gazing at best, and a luxury I couldn’t afford. They were right about not being able to afford it, but my spirit told me I couldn’t afford to do otherwise.
—Enuma Okoro, Reluctant Pilgrim: A Moody, Somewhat Self-Indulgent Introvert’s Search for Spiritual Community (Fresh Air Books, 2010)
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For this reason, since the day we heard it, we have not ceased praying for you and asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of God’s will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding.
—Colossians 1:9 (NRSV)
Prayer for the Week
God of hope, when we reach out to you with our dreams and our confessions, may we feel you reaching back out to us. Nourish our spirits, and nudge us to incorporate you into the rhythm of our days. Amen. Submit your prayer to The Upper Room.
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