Love with Joy

Today’s Reflection

REMEMBERING TO PRAY for our creative work and to engage in the practices that sustain our work can feel like a lot of work in itself. But I think of Amma Syncletia, a desert mother who had a keen understanding of the forces of resistance that come from within as well as from without. Syncletia once said, “In the beginning there are a great many battles and a good deal of suffering for those who are advancing towards God and afterward, ineffable joy. It is like those who wish to light a fire: at first they are choked by the smoke and cry, and by this means obtain what they seek (as it is said: ‘Our God is a consuming fire’ [Heb. 12:24]): so we alsmo must kindle the divine fire in ourselves through tears and hard work.”

May everything that keeps you from your work
give way to your work.
May the God who created you
encompass and protect you,
and may you love with joy
deeper and deeper still
into the life that God
has made for you.

– Jan L. Richardson
In the Sanctuary of Women

From pages 245-246 of In the Sanctuary of Women: A Companion for Reflection & Prayer by Jan L. Richardson. Copyright © 2010 by Jan L. Richardson. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. Learn more about or purchase this book.

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Today’s Scripture

Then Jesus said to them, “Prophets are not without honor, except in their hometown, and among their own kin, and in their own house.”

Mark 6:4, NRSV

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This week we remember: Thomas (July 3).

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