February 16, 2019 “I will sing of your love and justice; to you, O Lord, I will sing praise.” — Psalm 101:1
Last year, the IJM Team in Gulu, Uganda successfully completed a pilot project to address domestic violence, expanding on their past work in land theft to take on a greater breadth of cases involving violence against women and children. This year, they are beginning full-scale work in domestic violence. The staff feel well-prepared as they move forward, but know that the journey will not be easy. Please pray for them to have strength and steadiness to continue showing up for women who are being abused, and for wisdom and calm as they encounter challenges along the way.
Praise God for the rescue of four teenagers from sex trafficking in the Dominican Republic. This operation was extremely dangerous, and we are giving thanks for God’s protection over all four survivors, our staff and local authorities. A man arrested in this operation is currently being investigated for sexually exploiting these teenagers. Pray for the survivors as they prepare to give their testimonies, which will provide key evidence to move their case forward in court. Pray for their peace and clarity of mind as they retell the horrors they had to face before their rescue.
Please pray for an IJM partner seeking to rescue one man from an agricultural farm where he has been enslaved for 12 years. This man has been denied wages, adequate food and clothing — even in the winter. We also believe he has experienced physical abuse. Pray IJM can support this partner as they work with the government to rescue this man quickly and hold his abusers accountable.
Pray for the children that IJM and our law enforcement partners are searching for in the Philippines. There are young boys and girls who are being sexually exploited in the communities where they live, for an audience of customers around the world who are watching the abuse online. The Philippines government gets thousands of case referrals like this every month. Pray that IJM, the Philippine government, the Church and all of our partners would be able to find the children urgently in need of rescue, and that together we are able to make the Philippines a safer place for children who are vulnerable to this crime.
IJM HQ & Global Partners: IJM has partner offices in Australia, Canada, Germany, the Netherlands and the U.K.
Praise God for the advocates and abolitionists who mobilized for Shine a Light on Slavery Day earlier in February. Specifically, thank God for the college students across the country who emailed and tweeted their elected officials, asking them to support policies that will advance the fight against slavery. Pray for strong follow up with these officials, and that they would use their power and influence on behalf of vulnerable children, women and men around the world.
Take Time for Daily Prayer
How about a 3-Minute Retreat?
Loyola Press’s highly popular 3-Minute Retreat is available via newsletter and app for the iPhone® and iPod touch® and the iPad. Each day, a new retreat features soothing music, Scripture verses, and reflective thoughts and questions. Meaningful time with God is always just a touch away.
Daily Meditation & Reflection from Henri Nouwen
Drawn from a wide range of Henri Nouwen’s writing, these short meditations inspire and guide people's mind and heart. Each reflection takes less than a minute to read and yet can set the tone for the day. It is sent via email in the early morning.
are short, meaningful reflections on the following Sunday's lessons and gospel delivered directly to your e-mail box. By Sunday, you'll be ready for an extra meaningful worship experience.
The Divine Office App is an opportunity for you to participate in the recitation of the Liturgy of the Hours, an ancient and meditative collection of psalms, hymns and scripture that represent the public prayer of the Christian community. Also available are three Lite apps: Morning Prayer, Evening Prayer, and Night Prayer.
ordinarily follows the scripture sequence of the Revised Common Lectionary. Longer reflections on the daily scripture readings are presented for Sundays, weekdays and many saints are presented daily. Make a 'Sacred Space' a daily practice, spend ten minutes, praying here and now, at a computer, with the help of on-screen guidance and scripture chosen specially every day. (multiple languages)
The Other 6
Ignatius of Loyola, the 16th-century founder of the Jesuits, devised an “examination of consciousness”—a prayerful review of the day intended to help people recognize where they were finding, or needing to find, God in their lives. Other6 takes the essence of this centuries-old practice of the Examen and adapts it for today’s Internet-driven world by posing two questions: Where have you found God today? and Where do you need to find God today?
Welcome to Enter the Bible
Here you’ll find a wealth of resources to help you grow in your faith, add depth to your Bible studies and truly discover the people, places and events of the Bible. Think of Enter the Bible as your guide, a helpful reference tool to accompany you in your reading of the Bible.
Visit often! We hope you Enter the Bible every time you open the Word.
The Psalms are wonderful prayers that can be used to communicate to God our desires, and for God to communicate in return. Using the guidance of voice, relax your body and mind and open your soul in prayer.
We invite you to share in the 2019 Lenten email series from Episcopal Relief & Development. Each day during Lent you will receive a daily reflection, co-authored by a group of faith leaders from across the church. During this season of reflection on our Christian faith, their writings will enhance your spiritual journey as they both inspire and challenge you. Each daily meditation is presented in both English and Spanish.
Episcopal Relief & Development celebrates the 15th anniversary of the organization’s Lenten Meditations with inspiring selections from previous years that highlight the incredible depth and insight provided by leaders from around The Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion. The booklets are now available in both English and Spanish at www.episcopalrelief.org/lent.
“Over the past 15 years, we have worked with hundreds of brilliant writers,” said Sean McConnell, Senior Director of Engagement for Episcopal Relief & Development. “They each have brought spiritual depth and deeply personal reflections to these meditations, so the selection process was not easy. We could not possibly share all of the best meditations, but it is our hope that the 2019 offerings provide at least a sample of some of our inspiring writings from the past.” Read more
Other materials are available on our Lenten Resources page.
Upper Room Daily Reflections
Each Daily Reflection includes a quote from an Upper Room book or magazine, scripture reading, and a meditation time with prayer. Sign-up at the website to received Daily Reflections.
Take Time for Personal Prayer
Prayer is a very personal experience of being with God. Each person finds different meaningful ways to pray. Centering Prayer is a style of meditative prayer that many people find significant while others find the long silence boring. The only way you’ll find out if it helps you connect with your deepest spiritual yearnings is to try it.
Maybe you’re not the memorized prayer type of person, nor do you like to be confined to a scripture reading or a devotional book. Not to worry, there are many ways to pray and this one only takes your presence and attention. For those who have plenty of excuses for not praying but genuinely want to know God’s presence, contemplative prayer may be something to try.
Growing in the Life of Prayer & Spiritual Practices
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