I was still deeply thirsty for God. I knew I wanted to start reading the Bible again, but I didn’t know where I wanted to start. The mere thought of starting at Genesis and working my way through seemed overwhelming. I started by nibbling my way through the Psalms. I reasoned that if I couldn’t connect with people in the pews, I’d try to reconnect with the prayers and praises of the psalmists. I found myself strangely comforted just reading the earnest sincere offerings of people who also hungered for God, who sinned against God, and who yearned for forgiveness. Reading the Psalms allowed me to grow into my own haphazard prayers and to inch my way before God with all my conflicting thoughts and feelings.
—Enuma Okoro, Reluctant Pilgrim: A Moody, Somewhat Self-Indulgent Introvert’s Search for Spiritual Community (Fresh Air Books, 2010)
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Your word is a lamp to my feet
and a light to my path.
—Psalm 119:105 (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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