One cannot reflect upon the past twenty years without an awareness that we are living through circumstances far beyond our control. In recent years, the COVID-19 pandemic, the social unrest following the murder of George Floyd, the climate crisis with its many concomitant crises, and the worldwide rise of authoritarianism in various forms have all combined to disorient, exhaust, and distress us. However, this chaotic context also provides rich soil for the growth of the spiritual life. It is here, in the midst of bedlam, that the mustard seed sprouts.
—Daniel Wolpert, Creating a Life with God: The Call of Ancient Prayer Practices, 20th Anniversary Revised Edition (Upper Room Books, 2023)
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[Jesus] said therefore, “What is the kingdom of God like? And to what should I compare it? It is like a mustard seed that someone took and sowed in the garden; it grew and became a tree, and the birds of the air made nests in its branches.”
—Luke 13:18-19 (NRSV)
Prayer for the Week
Holy God, help me to spend time each day focusing on you. Guide me as I try different ways of praying, and help me to grow ever closer to you. In the name of Jesus, I pray. Amen.
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Creating a Life with God is celebrating its 20th anniversary with this revised and updated release. Over the past 20 years, author Daniel Wolpert has inspired many to reflect on a life of prayer and what it means to be intentional about creating daily life with God. In this edition, two new chapters ask how we can use the practice of prayer to engage a world in crisis. Learn more here.
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