DOUBT IS nothing of which to be ashamed or which causes God to turn from us. Doubt is a speed bump on the spiritual journey, and some of us have more speed bumps to cross than others. And yet, while acknowledging this condition, an invitation to resist getting comfortable with our doubts remains. Perhaps at this point we are thankfully reminded that God does not call us to journey alone. In our season of doubt it can help to remember that we have a community of persons behind us, praying, waiting to hear of our spiritual experiences, hoping to share their own stories and learning to hobble together toward deepening belief.
—Enuma Okoro, Silence and Other Surprising Invitations of Advent (Upper Room Books, 2012)
Whose story encourages you during seasons of doubt? Share your thoughts.
“Let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds.”
—Hebrews 10:24 (NIV)
Prayer for the Week
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As we enter the third week of Advent, let’s step back from the encroaching busyness of the holiday season to listen to God through the silence, thanking God for the gift of Emmanuel. Help others to experience the presence of Christ by giving to The Upper Room.
(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)
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