The holiness of storytelling is revealed by the words of the apostle Paul: “Present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship” (Rom. 12:1). Our bodies are the vessels in which we live out the stories of our lives, and our physical embodiment reflects God’s image in the world. Only when we embrace all we have experienced as human beings—from our heartbreaking agonies to our ecstatic victories—and freely return them to God can they be used for our healing and as a part of the story on our journey.
—Marsha Crockett, Sacred Conversation: Exploring the Seven Gifts of Spiritual Direction (Upper Room Books, 2021)
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Let them thank the LORD for his steadfast love,
for his wonderful works to humankind.
—Psalm 107:21 (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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