Even though the rhythms of spiritual growth hum with the rhythms of nature’s pace, we never seem to cease in our efforts to control the process of our own unfolding. Oh, how we try to make those rhythms adapt to culture’s pace—setting goals, measuring spiritual success, micromanaging our life in the Spirit as if it were a business project! But the template just won’t fit. We can cooperate with God’s holy process, but we can’t control it.
—Linda Douty, Rhythms of Growth: 365 Meditations to Nurture the Soul (Upper Room Books, 2014)
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Because of this, neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but the only one who is anything is God who makes it grow.
—1 Corinthians 3:7 (CEB)
Prayer for the Week
Thank you, God, for sun and showers
Thank you for each lovely flower
Thank you for each stately tree
Though all these, you speak to me.
—A Gardener’s Prayer
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Through rich and moving stories from various people, author Frank Rogers Jr. shows ways to incorporate compassion in our daily lives. Start practicing compassion with Rogers.
(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)
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