Led by the insights and sometimes enigmatic stories and sermons of Jesus, I became excited by how one person, individually and as a part of a community, can live out genuine alternatives to the dominant culture. For me, this has meant thoughtful, intentional work on issues of race, lifestyle, gender, and parenting. These are large dreams. I did not give birth to them, and they are not completely my own. My passion is life-giving and carries the power of birth. It makes me feel more whole, more connected to my brothers and sisters. It strengthens my belief in prayer and the powerful healing of the Spirit.
—Dee Dee Risher, The Soulmaking Room (Upper Room Books, 2016)
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Speak out for those who cannot speak,
for the rights of all the destitute.
Speak out, judge righteously,
defend the rights of the poor and needy.
—Proverbs 31:8-9 (NRSV)
Prayer for the Week
Creator God, I give this day over to you and to the mystery of faith. I commit space and time in this very day for soul work.
Submit your prayer to The Upper Room.
The work of The Upper Room has always been grounded in listening prayer and with full anticipation that God is doing a new thing (Isaiah 43:19). The unfolding of this global ecumenical ministry continues today with the naming of a new publisher, Rev. Kimberly Orr, a pastor with a heart for God’s people. Please join us in prayer for Kimberly and learn more about this transition here.
(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)
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