The most helpful thing I’ve done in my life of prayer is to spend one hour once a month with an older, wiser Christian who is experienced at prayer and living life with God.
In one way, prayer is natural—we were made for it and we long for it. In another way, we find prayer confusing and fraught with challenges. Why not spend time with someone who knows the way and who can give gentle guidance, encouragement, and support? In the church God has given us these people.
A soul friend walks alongside us, the way Jesus walked with the disciples on the way to Emmaus. A soul friend companions us. . . . A soul friend is one who offers the word or gesture of forgiveness, one in whose presence we are not afraid to bare our souls.
—L. Roger Owens, What We Need Is Here: Practicing the Heart of Christian Spirituality (Upper Room Books, 2015)
Do you have a soul friend? Are you a soul friend for someone else? Join the conversation.
Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up the other; but woe to one who is alone and falls and does not have another to help.
—Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 (NRSV)
Prayer for the Week
New every morning is your love, great God of light, and all day long you are working for good in the world. Stir up in us desire to serve you, to live peacefully with our neighbors and all your creation, and to devote each day to your Son, our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.
—“A Liturgy for Morning Prayer,” Upper Room Worshipbook
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Pause and notice God’s comforting presence by reflecting on the songs of Advent. Good News of Great Joy: Advent Reflections on the Songs of Luke offers 24 daily readings that explore the context, content, and spirituality of the four canticles (“little songs”) in Luke 1–2. Learn more.
(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)
Reign of Christ
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