Personal healing liturgies are most appropriate when they relate to times of crisis or change in one person’s life. Because personalized liturgies are a bridge between pastoral counseling and the corporate life of the church, usually the occasions for personal liturgies are just that: deeply personal and inevitably varied. Personal liturgies can be created to celebrate or mourn, to recognize growth or stagnation, to claim or surrender, to give up false hope or hold fast to the Love that will not let us go.
—Tilda Norberg, Gathered Together: Creating Personal Liturgies for Healing and Transformation (Upper Room Books, 2007)
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For this reason, since the day we heard it, we have not ceased praying for you and asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of God’s will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so that you may lead lives worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, as you bear fruit in every good work and as you grow in the knowledge of God.
—Colossians 1:9-10 (NRSV)
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Great are you, O Lord, and greatly to be praised; great is your power, and your understanding is beyond measure.
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