The reign of God expands at a slow pace because it grows at the speed of love. Love takes time. God’s reign, like walking, is slow. You cannot hurry it any more than you can hurry the unfolding of a rose’s petals. Life unfolds from within. No technological enhancement or quick fix can speed its arrival. Walking as a spiritual practice requires that we move attentively, receptively, mindfully through the present moment as if it were the only moment that matters because it is the moment in which we encounter the God who walks with us.
—Thomas R. Hawkins, Every Step a Prayer: Walking as Spiritual Practice (Upper Room Books, 2016)
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Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices in the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
—1 Corinthians 13:4-7 (NRSV)
Prayer for the Week
God of creation, we know that love takes time. May we be prayerful on each step of the journey. Amen.
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