I felt fortunate for having this time, and I wasn’t going to take it for granted. Instead, I steeped myself in it, in the quiet of my home, in the freedom of my days, in the spaces to cry or pray or gaze as needed. I gave my imagination and my spirit permission to run wild during that year, to dream boldly, to confess my longings and desires to God without apology, and to openly acknowledge my times of spiritual sloth and struggle those many mornings when I resisted prayer or church.
—Enuma Okoro, Reluctant Pilgrim: A Moody, Somewhat Self-Indulgent Introvert’s Search for Spiritual Community (Fresh Air Books, 2010)
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For freedom Christ has set us free. Stand firm, therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.
—Galatians 5:1 (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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