Separation from God will always be a part of the human condition. We live in a broken world, and we are flawed, even though the spark of the Creator resides within us. Throughout my faith journey, I’ve worked to get past problematic portions of the Bible. Writing my way into scripture has become one of the ways I stay alive spiritually, in Christ, in conversation with God. It keeps me honest about my own life and my experience. Again, separation is a given, and our journeys in life are, even at their best, not perfect.
—Jane Herring, One Day I Wrote Back: Interacting with Scripture Through Creative Writing (Upper Room Books, 2015)
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But as for you, continue in what you have learned and firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it and how from childhood you have known sacred writings that are able to instruct you for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.
—2 Timothy 3:14-15 (NRSV)
Prayer for the Week
Gracious God, your word says that you will always guide me. You are with me during every moment of every day. You will satisfy my needs when I feel frustrated, and you will strengthen me when life makes me weary. Help me to follow your ways as you lead me into a life of fruitfulness and joy. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.
—Adapted from “30 Powerful Prayers to God for Guidance and Direction,” at ConnectUsFund.org
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(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)
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