Belonging is instinctual for humanity, instilled at the beginning of time when God declared that it is not good for humans to be alone. We naturally find our places of belonging with people who become family in one way or another. As we find those welcoming places, we learn to settle into our own souls and come home to self, to God, and to living in community.
—Marsha Crockett, Sacred Conversation: Exploring the Seven Gifts of Spiritual Direction (Upper Room Books, 2022)
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Welcome one another, therefore, just as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God.
—Romans 15:7, NRSV
Prayer for the Week
Holy God, thank you for the gift of spiritual direction and for someone to accompany me on my journey of growing closer to you. Help me to remain open to suggestions my spiritual director offers and to pay attention to signs of your presence. Amen.
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(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)
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