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Friday, December 1, 2017
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Prayer Practice for the Week
Intercessory Prayer
There are many ways to love our neighbor, but intercessory prayer—praying on behalf of other people—is surely one of the most powerful. In this type of prayer, we bring the person or the circumstance that troubles us before God until we can sense and be changed by God’s attitude toward that person or circumstance. ( Learn more.)
Daily Devotion

Scripture of the Day
Though one might prevail against another, two will withstand one. A threefold cord is not quickly broken. ( Ecclesiastes 4:12)
Reflection
In engineering and in families the strongest structure is a triangle. Just look at the Eiffel Tower. A stable triangle is made up of of three sides, each connecting two points. Each point has two relationships, and only two relationships — one with each of the other two points. There is a third relationship that each point cannot (or should not) access. American social structure is unfortunately built by dichotomies — winners and losers, rich and poor, black and white, urban and rural, left and right. But there is a better way. Competition need not be our only, or even our primary, pathway of progress. Groups of three work less on a principle of balance — like a seesaw or scales — but on shared effort. Stress is dynamically passed throughout the whole each claiming a part for a time before passing it along. 

Prayer
Holy Trinity, before there was anything there was you: complete and singular, but also threefold and communal. Is it any wonder that we are such social beings? After all, you were an entire community from the start. Forgive me for seeing enemies and opponents when there are only partners and friends. Forgive me when I recoil into solitude when many are waiting eagerly to receive me. Amen.
Listen to this reading of Edwin Friedman's "The Bridge," published in his book Friedman's Fables. 

Spiritual Exercise

Self-Differentiation (a term coined by family therapy pioneer, Murray Bowen) is a progressive, internal interplay between autonomy (separation) and connection (togetherness) while progressing toward developing and known goals. Being an authentic adult is hard work and a never completed task. The pathway is paved with difficulty and challenge. To become an adult, every person faces the task of the differentiation of self. ( Read more.)