I was going to wing it for a year and see if I really believed that I was called to be a writer and if it really could be true that God supported such a crazy career move. I also felt the need for a year of physical and spiritual renewal, to gather the pieces of myself that had slowly fallen off, like the leaves of a mildly watered basil plant left in the shade with only glimpses of light. That sounds a little dramatic, but it was true.
—Enuma Okoro, Reluctant Pilgrim: A Moody, Somewhat Self-Indulgent Introvert’s Search for Spiritual Community (Fresh Air Books, 2010)
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Those who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength,
they shall mount up with wings like eagles,
they shall run and not be weary,
they shall walk and not faint.
—Isaiah 40:31 (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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