WHEN WE MINISTER to those in need, we respond to the presence of God in others and remember the moments when God ministered to us in our need. When we pray, we respond to God’s call to step out of the constant hustle of our daily lives, enter into sacred space, and be renewed by God’s Spirit. When we fast from food, drugs, technology, or possessions, we let go of the things that cloud our senses so that we can see God for who God is: the God who loves us deeply. The God who calls us beloved—that’s the real treasure.
—Kristen E. Vincent, We Are Beloved: A Lenten Journey with Protestant Prayer Beads (Upper Room Books, 2019)
“And the king will answer them, ‘Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.’”
—Matthew 25:40 (NRSV)
Prayer for the Week
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