Our truest home is next to the heartbeat of God. Not only in some distant heavenly future but right now. Our truest home is listening and responding to God’s heartbeat of love for us and for the world. But that’s not a destination we can choose and then assuredly plot our course to by adopting practices of prayer and ways of living that will propel us to our destination. As soon as it becomes a destination that we’re determined to reach by our own effort and ingenuity—our own bias for action—we’re headed in the wrong direction.
—L. Roger Owens, Everyday Contemplative: The Way of Prayerful Living (Upper Room Books, 2022)
When has spiritual growth felt like a destination you were determined to reach? When have you realized your effort was leading you in the wrong direction? Join the conversation.
You show me the path of life.
In your presence there is fullness of joy;
in your right hand are pleasures forevermore.
—Psalm 16:11 (NRSV)
Prayer for the Week
Nurturing God, tend our lives like a patient gardener. May our desire for you grow as your grace works the soil of our lives. Amen. Submit your prayer to The Upper Room.
The Upper Room will host a free live webinar on Tuesday, February 15, 2022, from 6:00-7:00 p.m. (CST) to introduce our Lenten offerings—a new book, Unrevealed Until Its Season, and its accompanying eCourse, Listening Through Lent. Join the conversation with author Rev. Dr. James C. Howell and Publisher Rev. Kimberly Orr as they talk about music, life, and Lent. Register here.
(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)
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