I was deeply out of rhythm with my spiritual life. There were no spiritual markers to my days: no morning prayer, no praise songs, no closing of the day before God. I wasn’t praying with anyone on a regular basis, and I definitely wasn’t reading the Bible. You have to understand, these had once been typical activities in my life, back whenever it was that I considered myself somewhat spiritually healthy. Now, I was very aware of feeling “lost at sea” without any kind of anchor in sight. My spirit felt desperately ill, and I needed to work on my relationship with God.
—Enuma Okoro, Reluctant Pilgrim: A Moody, Somewhat Self-Indulgent Introvert’s Search for Spiritual Community (Fresh Air Books, 2010)
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[Jesus said,] “Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”
—Matthew 11:28-30 (The Message)
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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