Meditation opens our hearts and minds to the transforming ways of the Lord. For me personally, various forms of meditation have firmly planted God’s word in my heart and mind, not just as a tool to remember trivial information but as a touchpoint memory of truth-telling encounters with God. That word can come not only from scripture but also from the created world around me, including people whose paths cross mine. In my relationship with my spiritual director, our conversation allows me to ponder and reflect on life, excavating the secrets of wisdom and understanding I need for this time.
—Marsha Crockett, Sacred Conversation: Exploring the Seven Gifts of Spiritual Direction (Upper Room Books, 2021)
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Those of steadfast mind you keep in peace—
in peace because they trust in you.
—Isaiah 26:3 (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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