The God we worship not only fixed the borders of the sea and rested on the Sabbath but also voluntarily chose the confines of the flesh so that every one of its limitations might become the dwelling place and doorway to abundant life. The Infinite was confined in swaddling clothes and subjected to the same path of bridling and taming the wilderness of desire as we are.
His Way is one of disciplined body and soul, of desire restrained only so it may find its deeper and more life-giving goal. This Way opens our souls to grow into the likeness of the Love and Justice, the Courage and Patience, the Wisdom and Radiance in whose image we are made. Such love, in the end, learns to desire only the Good, and is free from hindrance to choose it.
—Robert Corin Morris, “This Far and No Farther,” quoted in A Guide to Prayer for All Who Walk with God, by Rueben P. Job, Norman Shawchuck, & John S. Mogabgab (Upper Room Books, 2013)
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We don’t have a high priest who can’t sympathize with our weaknesses but instead one [Jesus] who was tempted in every way that we are, except without sin.
—Hebrews 4:15 (CEB)
Prayer for the Week
This day, we want to embrace your loving freedom, O God, knowing that only in your freedom can we find an abundant life. Amen.
—Rueben P. Job, Norman Shawchuck, & John S. Mogabgab, A Guide to Prayer for All Who Walk with God
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