A relationship with God is pure gift, all from God’s side. But we must avail ourselves of this gift. Merton’s daily routine in the cloister underlined his sense of the importance of discipline, of worship, of the sacraments. These are crucial, for in the usual routine of life, we get virtually desensitized to the things of God, tasting of the goods the world has to offer, and, over time, lowering our sights. By the practice of prayer, we prepare for the coming of God. As a gift, it is something for which we can only wait.
—James C. Howell, Servants, Misfits, and Martyrs: Saints and Their Stories (Upper Room Books, 1999)
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Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!
—2 Corinthians 9:15 (NRSV)
Prayer for the Week
Loving God, I give you thanks for those who have pointed me to you and your love. I give thanks for those who have challenged me to be your hands and feet in the world around me. Give me the confidence and desire to do the same for others, to be an example of faithfulness. Amen.
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