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​During this time of sheltering in place, people are hungry not just for things to do but ways to grow spiritually when most every aspect of life has been uprooted. We are offering some suggested readings for those interested in exploring spiritual growth, hope and looking for devotional readings and contemplation.

Pandemic Prayer. Click here for a beautiful prayer for all who are suffering through this pandemic.

Below are a variety of inspirational links to guide you on your journey.

Richard Rohr: In his Daily Meditations this year, Franciscan Richard Rohr helps us learn the dance of action and contemplation. Each week builds on previous topics, but you can join at any time! Click here to read more and to register and to receive the daily meditations: https://cac.org/category/daily-meditations/  

Faith Lens
UpWords with Max Lucado
Wisdom from the Psalms
Lutheran Hour Ministries
Our Daily Bread Devotionals
God Pause Devotions Luther Seminary

Cross and the Prodigal by Kenneth Bailey . . . gives a deeper understanding of the loving, longing heart of the Father for his children. Bailey does a very good job of bringing in the cultural environment of Jesus’ time period to help with the interpretation of the prodigal son. Available for purchase on the internet or at local book stores.

12 Truths I Learned from Life and Writing by Anne Lamott, A TED Talk . . . a celebrated Christian writer who recognizes the good and bad in the world. . . a 15 minute video. https://www.ted.com/talks/anne_lamott_12_truths_i_learned_from_life_and_writing

Spiritual Formation by Henri Nouwen . . . one of the great spiritual masters of the modern age. His beloved writings have helped millions understand that no matter where we are, God can meet us there. Available for purchase on the internet or at local book stores.

Falling Upward by Richard Rohr . . . A fresh way of thinking about spirituality as you grow older. Available for purchase on the internet or at local book stores.

It’s Not Supposed to Be This Way by Lysa TerKeurst –  Author shares humor, hurts and healing and finds unexpected strength when facing life’s disappointments. Available for purchase on the internet or at local book stores.

Devotions for the Beach . . . and days you wish you were there by Miriam Drennan. Let God’s love touch you like an ocean breeze. Available for purchase on the internet or at local book stores.

Central States Synod Weekday Prayer Time – Led by members of the Synod staff, this Prayer Time is offered as a reflection for the day. You may go to their Facebook page, and go down to “All Videos” to see past reflections.

The Central States Synod also provides a variety of resources; check out their webpage here.