Our lives today can be quite stressful, demanding, and loaded with responsibilities. People of all ages may not feel they have enough time to just be or enough time to renew their emotional and physical energy. Which is usually easier for you, helping others or taking quiet time for yourself? Why?
In the gospel reading people will hear how Jesus was renewed through the ministry of another and by taking time for solitude and prayer. Hopefully through the reading and session materials people will move beyond hearing this reading as simply another healing story and explore the profound significance of being lifted up by God’s love. Pray that you and others will recognize the importance of taking time for renewal and restoration that will provide strength and support for lives of discipleship.
Prayer leads you to see new paths and to hear new melodies in the air. Prayer is the breath of life which gives you freedom to go and stay where you wish and to find the many signs which point out the way to a new land… Praying is living.
~ Henri J. M. Nouwen, With Open Hands