Sometimes sorrow causes me to pray with a heavy heart. I would like to feel light and free, with my heart soaring to heights of joy. Instead, I feel down, low, with a heart that sinks. Is this prayer? Yes. As I receive the love of God, it certainly becomes prayer. I know that God is with me in my sadness. I am united with the One who loves me and whose love encompasses all.
—J. David Muyskens, Sacred Breath: 40 Days of Centering Prayer (Upper Room Books, 2010)
When you feel down, what helps you remember that God is with you? Join the conversation.
He heals the brokenhearted,
and binds up their wounds.
—Psalm 147:3 (NRSV)
Prayer for the Week
Pause to breathe deeply. Fill your lungs with fresh air. Hold that breath briefly. Then release the air you are holding, ridding yourself of the old and making space for the new. And as you breathe, rejoice in the gift of life. Let the rise and fall of your lungs be a celebration of the amazing gift of being alive!
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(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)
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