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One of the things that most excites me about our monastery vacation this week is that I will actually have time. We’re going to be there for a few days, and the only firm plan we have is to attend the Art & Wine Festival on Saturday. Other than that, we’re free. Visitors to the abbey are encouraged to join the monks for their daily prayers (you can see the schedule here — I think I’ll pass on Vigils), so we’ll probably spend a lot of time doing that; but there’s nothing on the calendar we absolutely have to do.
I was imagining how nice it will be to have all this time to dedicate to focused prayer, and the thought immediately came to mind: I’d like to pray for your intentions. People often send me emails with prayer requests, and I always do pray for them (even when I’m not able to reply), but it’s often a rushed-but-sincere volley of thoughts that’s all jumbled in with the chaos of the daily life. Don’t get me wrong — I know that God values those haphazard prayers of the trenches just as much as solemn chants in a silent church, but I love the idea of having enough time to settle into a chapel with a list of prayer intentions, get comfortable, take some time to relax and get really centered on God, and offer a deep, focused prayer for each one. So…
What can I pray for for you? (Feel free to comment anonymously, or email me if it’s not something you want to say publicly.) I’ll print out the comments and emails on Tuesday night and take them to Mt. Angel with me, and I promise that at least once I’ll go into the church and pray for every one of them individually.
After all the support and prayers I’ve received from you all, I’m looking forward to being able to do the same for you!
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