Older adults often worry about not being able to adequately express their innermost thoughts to God. You too may be concerned about fumbling over your words, especially if asked to offer a public prayer. Remember this important truth: God is not impressed by lofty words. God yearns for authentic hearts and people who want to grow in relationship with God.
—Missy Buchanan, From Dry Bones to Living Hope: Embracing God’s Faithfulness in Late Life (Upper Room Books, 2021)
Which method of prayer allows you to authentically express your heart to God?
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O God, do not be far from me;
O my God, make haste to help me!
—Psalm 71:12 (NRSV)
Prayer for the Week
Gracious God, open our eyes to see the gifts in this season of life. May we seek your wisdom and pursue our holy purpose with authentic hearts. Amen.
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In his new book, Everyday Contemplative: The Way of Prayerful Living, Roger Owens invites us to pay attention to our longings and desires. In this brief exercise, he offers scripture, questions for reflection, and a journal prompt so that we might become more aware of our deepening longing for God.
(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)
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