Power of Story

Today’s Reflection

THE MORE WE STEEP ourselves in the rich stories of scripture, the more they become archetypal patterns that enable us to make sense of our own life stories. When we find ourselves lost in rage over wrongs inflicted or in grief, the Psalms give voice to our deep longings. When we find ourselves summoned to journey into unknown places, we can take heart from Abram and Sarai, who were called to leave their home (Gen. 12). When we “walk through the valley of the shadow of death,” we look for the comfort of the divine “rod” and “staff” to guide us (Ps. 23).

—Dwight H. Judy
A Quiet Pentecost: Inviting the Spirit into Congregational Life

From page 39 of A Quiet Pentecost: Inviting the Spirit into Congregational Life by Dwight H. Judy. Copyright © 2013 by The Upper Room. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. Learn more about or purchase this book.

Today’s Question

Is there a Bible story that comes to mind when you think about a recent situation you have experienced?  Share your thoughts.

Today’s Scripture

The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.
He makes me lie down in green pastures;
he leads me beside still waters.
—Psalm 23:1-2, NRSV

Prayer for the Week

Come Holy Spirit, come.

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