My time of practicing the Examen each day was invaluable. I recorded what happened—what went well and where I needed growth. Without this time of reflection and writing, I may have given up because I experienced so many days when I felt as if I wasn’t making progress. But the Examen kept me focused on hope and gratitude. Without gratitude, the weeds of bitterness and resentment can choke the gardens of our hearts where we plant God’s seeds of love and joy.
—J. Dana Trent, One Breath at a Time: A Skeptic’s Guide to Christian Meditation (Upper Room Books, 2019)
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He gives power to the faint,
and strengthens the powerless.
—Isaiah 40:29 (NRSV)
Prayer for the Week
Spirit of God, comfort and renew us with each breath we take. Amen.
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