Daily Prayer 365

Day 293
Tuesday, June 20, 2023


Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. —1 John 4:8

So much of how we experience the desert places depends on who we journey with. There’s burnout, and then there’s burnout. If we’re listening to the voice of those who love us—and above all the voice of God—then sometimes burnout can be a kind of creative destruction, a sign that it’s time for a change. It’s all too easy to ask, with the cynical voices of Psalm 78:19, “Can God spread a table in the wilderness?” What takes more courage is to hold open our empty hands to the Jesus who walks with us in—and sometimes insists on leading us into—the desert. —Brad Roth, Christian Century, June 6, 2023

Give me love. Give me courage. Give me this step and then that, but not all-at-once. Give me a table spread in the wilderness, full of blessing. Lead me into the desert, empty handed and let me return full. Amen. —The Reverend Dr. Katie Snipes Lancaster

June 22, 2023

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