In stillness we let go of our need for control and acknowledge the only one who is really in control: God. We can just be. We don’t have to be good at prayer or a good Christian; we don’t have to be happy or smart; we don’t have to be successful or good at sports. We can just be. And when we can just be, we learn to rely on God for everything, from our identity to our way of being in the world. The vulnerability of stillness facilitates that divine connection we’re searching for.
—Kristen E. Vincent, We Are Beloved: A Lenten Journey with Protestant Prayer Beads (Upper Room Books, 2019)
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Trust in the LORD with all your heart,
and do not rely on your own insight.
—Proverbs 3:5 (NRSV)
Prayer for the Week
God of love, who invites me to this journey with your Beloved Son, open my heart to accept your invitation. Hear my concerns about this journey. Help me to learn the way of the beloved. Let me know I am beloved. In the name of Jesus, who reveals the way to your heart. Amen.
—Kristen E. Vincent, We Are Beloved
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