Scripture readings and psalms can serve a variety of ways in our spiritual life. We get glimpses into the human heart; sin as well as grace at work. We see how God works through human history. We encounter teaching, inspiration, challenge, poetry for the soul, even humor. The scriptures can also give direction, words for our prayer; when we struggle to find the right words. The Bible can also nudge us about who to include in our prayer. From our first reading, we can pray for those having trouble getting pregnant. We can pray for those who have given sons or daughters to ministry, to the missions, to religious life. We can pray for those whose way of praying has been misunderstood – and that is just a start!

Tuesday, December 29, 2015