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     God is always there, always waiting for our invitation to come in. Yet sometimes we need help hearing the knock at the door, putting some time aside, or beginning the conversation. In this collection of scriptural reflections and prayers, Joyce Rupp offers us the encouragement we so often require to stop and pray. Her thoughtful, perceptive reflections on scripture guide us as we open our hearts and ponder the meaning of God's word in our lives. And her poetic personal prayers help us find words for the longings in our hearts.

   Inviting God In is organized according to the seasons of the church year, from Advent and Christmas, to Lent and Easter, and on through the day of Ordinary Time and particular festivals. Each entry is just one page long, beginning with a verse from scripture followed by a reflection and a prayer. The book begins with an insightful reflection on prayer as "God's Gift to Us," reminding us of those basic truths about prayer that are sometimes easy to forget.

    One of our best-loved spiritual writers, Joyce Rupp once again sets just the right tone to invite us to prayer.



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Inviting God In
Scriptural Reflections and Prayers
Throughout the Year

ISBN 0-87793-958-6
Copyright 2001 by Joyce Rupp

   All rights reserved. No part of this book may be used or reproduced in any manner whatsoever except in the case of reprints in the context of reviews, without written permission from Ave Maria Press, Inc., P.O. Box 428, Notre Dame, IN 46556.  

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Inviting God In


Thoughts from the Author

     Ten years ago I was invited to write mediations for Living Faith. Every three months I was assigned to reflect on specific scripture readings for five days of the liturgical season. I never knew what passages I would be given until I opened the envelope. Soon after the letter arrived, I would sit down with my Bible and begin to read and reflect on these passages. Each time I did so, it felt to me as though I was opening the door of my life and inviting God to come in and be present with me.

     ...Whenever we take time to pray with the scripture of the day it is like coming to the table of the Holy One. When we deliberately pause to nourish our spirit, we are saying by our actions that we desire spiritual growth. I know God is already present with us but we are not always present to God. So when we turn our minds and hearts to intentionally connect with the divine Presence, we are welcoming the One who is waiting to enrich us and gift us with growth.

     What you find in this book is the result of those many times of inviting God to be with me as I pondered the scriptures. The meditations have all been published in Living Faith. As I edited the meditations and added or expanded the accompanying prayers, I thought of how this book could be of benefit. Hopefully it will be read and prayed by individuals who are seeking to nurture their daily life. It could also serve as a catalyst for those preparing worship services and other prayer experiences. May what is contained here be a source of inspiration and a support for all who invite God into their lives.

                              - Joyce Rupp


(Sample daily meditation from Ordinary Times)

Love Yourself

*   You shall love your neighbor as yourself. Mark 12:31

   This second commandment which Jesus proclaimed is a challenge not only to love others, but also to love myself well. After all, I am to treat others as I treat myself, and sometimes I treat myself rather shabbily. I do this when I do not allow myself enough sleep, fill my body with unhealthy food, overwork and get stressed, omit play and prayer in my day, forget to affirm and be grateful for my personal gifts ... the list could go on and on. Jesus' commandment assumes that I love myself and that I am good to myself. On this basis, I am to be good to others.

   I believe there are false messages in the back of our minds that keep us from living the second commandment. One message says that we aren't supposed to think kindly of ourselves because that would be pride. Another tells us that we should not give ourselves much attention or be too good to ourselves because that would be selfish. Yet if we are not kind and considerate of our own persons, how can we be this way with others?

          Loving Creator,
          you have made me in you own image and likeness.
          My deepest being reflects your goodness.
          Nudge me to be kind to myself
          and to take good care of the gift that I am.

Taken from Inviting God In, Copyright 2001 by Joyce Rupp. Used by permission of Ave Maria Press. All rights reserved.

Excerpts from Special Section
Prayer: God's Gift to Us

   
     
We can't do prayer alone. We can't coerce and shove our way into a relationship with God. Learning to pray takes a lifetime of openness and hope and it is especially challenging when the last thing we want to do is pray. One of the best ways to make ourselves available to a deepening friendship, however, is spending time with the other person.


     We need to come to a point in our lives when we want to pray so much that we cannot imagine a day in which we do not have a time and a place for God.


     Boredom may be trying to draw us into accepting the "being" aspect of prayer which is very difficult for Americans who always want something to show for their efforts. Boredom and not wanting to pray might be teaching us that we have to let go of thinking that we are the ones who make prayer happen.

     Spiritual growth doesn't just happen. It means not answering the phone or door during one's special time of prayer, not giving in to the long list of "must do's" which come to mind when we are finally quiet, and asking family members to respect one's quiet time by not interfering unless it's a real emergency.


     What is vital to my prayer is that I continue to be faithful to being with God. God wants and needs no more than this from any of us -- just our faithful presence.


Taken from Inviting God In, Copyright 2001 by Joyce Rupp. Used by permission of Ave Maria Press. All rights reserved.

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