The psalmists wrote out of their daily experiences. Nothing was too mundane or earth-shattering to bring to God, whether it was caused by pain, ecstatic joy, fear, hope, or longing to know holy Presence. …
When something really grabs us, we may be surprised at our capacity to give voice to the experience. The trouble is that all too often our days pass in busyness without pause to acknowledge the divine grace that touches our lives moment by moment. But if we do stop—even briefly—we notice the gratitude, fear, or other emotion that lies beneath the surface of experience. Out of this awareness we can pray with integrity—and create our own psalms.
—Elizabeth J. Canham, Finding Your Voice in the Psalms: An Invitation to Honest Prayer (Upper Room Books, 2013)
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For God alone my soul waits in silence;
from him comes my salvation.
—Psalm 62:1 (NRSV)
Prayer for the Week
Show me your ways, Lord,
teach me your paths.
Guide me in your truth and teach me,
for you are God my Savior,
and my hope is in you all day long.
Psalm 25:4-5 (NIV)
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(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)
- Genesis 24:34-38, 42-49, 58-67
- Psalm 45:10-17 or Song of Solomon 2:8-13
- Romans 7:15-25a
- Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30
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