The spiritual practice of the regular reading and study of scripture is . . . a team sport. While carving out personal time to read, pray, and wrestle with ideas is important to us individually, our practices bind us together in faith. They expose each of us to religious language, like covenant, exile, transgression, oppression, supplication, redemption, and forgiveness. The regular spiritual practice of study and prayer forms us in a story that we are a people, ancient and set apart. Moses, Abraham, Sarah, Hannah, Deborah, Ruth, Mary, Amos, Micah are our people, a part of our spiritual identity, our religious heritage.
—Amy E. Steele, foreword to The Upper Room Disciplines 2024: A Book of Daily Devotions (Upper Room Books, 2023)
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Train yourself for a holy life! While physical training has some value, training in holy living is useful for everything. It has promise for this life now and the life to come.
—1 Timothy 4:7-8 (CEB)
Prayer for the Week
Creator God, enable us to move through the chaos into the new creation you alone have promised. Amen. —Prayer by Joy J. Moore
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(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)
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