Tie knots in [a piece of ] yarn. …
Are you or someone you know facing a difficult situation to which there appears no solution or way out? Silently name that person or situation.
• Take a piece of yarn. … Find the first knot, and, as you think about the person or situation you named, slowly and patiently begin the process of unraveling the tangle.
• As you untangle the yarn, pray for God’s hope-filled peace to come to the individual you have named and for God’s clear guidance and healing power in this situation.
—Gerrie L. Grimsley & Jane J. Young, Contemplative by Design: Creating Quiet Spaces for Retreats, Workshops, Churches, and Personal Settings (Upper Room Books, 2008)
When have you placed a seemingly impossible situation in God’s hands? Join the conversation.
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything,
by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving,
present your requests to God.
—Philippians 4:6 (NIV)
Prayer for the Week
Come now and feed
my body, soul;
come now, infuse
the hungry whole
—Jane J. Young
Submit your prayer to The Upper Room.
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(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)
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