I was gracefully reminded of the need for liturgy even when I didn’t feel like going to church, and that habits shape us even when we don’t recognize the transformation taking place. Trying to live a liturgical life, one that honors life’s earnest rhythms of celebrating joy, painful longing, and ordinary grace takes courage because it calls us from our little worlds to believe that we are not at the center. The reality is that our woes and troubles are not the end of things. Christ is the end of things, and Christ has released us from the burden of believing we call the shots in life.
—Enuma Okoro, Reluctant Pilgrim: A Moody, Somewhat Self-Indulgent Introvert’s Search for Spiritual Community (Fresh Air Books, 2010)
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As servants of God, live as free people, yet do not use your freedom as a pretext for evil. Honor everyone. Love the family of believers. Fear God. Honor the emperor.
—1 Peter 2:16-17 (NRSV)
Prayer for the Week
God of hope, when we reach out to you with our dreams and our confessions, may we feel you reaching back out to us. Nourish our spirits, and nudge us to incorporate you into the rhythm of our days. Amen. Submit your prayer to The Upper Room.
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