Scripture Reading - Isaiah 35:8-10
A highway shall be there, and it shall be called the Holy Way; the unclean shall not travel on it, but it shall be for God’s people; no traveler, not even fools, shall go astray. No lion shall be there, nor shall any ravenous beast come up on it; they shall not be found there, but the redeemed shall walk there. And the ransomed of the Lord shall return, and come to Zion with singing; everlasting joy shall be upon their heads; they shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.
Devotional - "Crossing the Road for One Another"
We become neighbors when we are willing to cross the road for one another. There is so much separation and segregation: between black people and white people, between gay people and straight people, between young people and old people, between sick people and healthy people, between prisoners and free people, between Jews and Gentiles, Muslims and Christians, Protestants and Catholics, Greek Catholics and Latin Catholics.
There is a lot of road crossing to do. We are all very busy in our own circles. We have our own people to go to and our own affairs to take care of. But if we could cross the road once in a while and pay attention to what is happening on the other side, we might indeed become neighbors.
Bread for the Journey: A Daybook of Wisdom and Faith by Henri J. M. Nouwen
Pray the same prayer for ten minutes each day.
There is a tradition in the Eastern Church call “hesychasm” which is the practice of repeating a simple prayer over and over. The idea is to focus our thoughts on God so that God can enter our heart. You might like to try the “hesychastic” prayer, “Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me,” or use a verse from a psalm - perhaps “Create in me a clean heart, O God” (Ps. 51:10).
A Spiritual Formation Workbook, by James Bryan Smith and Lynda Graybeal
We must praise your goodness, that you left nothing undone to draw us to yourself. But one thing we ask of you, our God, not to cease your work in our improvement. Let us tend towards you, no matter by what means, and be fruitful in good works, for the sake of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
-Ludwig von Beethoven