Step by step, prayer by prayer, I find my inner self settling as I travel a labyrinth. I usually become more aware of God’s presence along the way, but sometimes the world intrudes on this peaceful activity. It happened on a ninety-degree day under the scorching sun when gnats swarmed me at Bethany, a beautiful Roman Catholic retreat center in rural Pennsylvania, proving no spiritual practice is without its vexations. Like life, a labyrinth isn’t about reaching a goal as much as it is about each small step taken along the way.
—Jan Woodard, Texting Through Cancer: Ordinary Moments of Community, Love, and Healing (Upper Room Books, 2021)
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Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight and the sin that clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us.
—Hebrews 12:1, NRSV
Prayer for the Week
For this week’s prayer, insert the name of someone facing cancer or other illness.
Loving Heavenly Father,
I place _______ into your loving care, and I pray that you will comfort his/her heart and bring peace and calm as he/she faces pain, worry, and fear. Amen.
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