Archive for March 12th, 2023

Live Deeply


Written by Rebecca Madden, a contemporary director of Women’s Ministry.

Almost twenty years ago, Jay and I packed our four-year-old son, seven-year-old daughter, dog, and personal belongings in a Honda van with forty years worth of memories from a life in South Carolina in tow. We left our families, our friends, our church, and everything we had ever known for Jay’s adventure into full‑time ministry in Chicago. We also left our dream home with “For Sale” and “For Rent” signs in the yard. When we arrived in Chicago, we didn’t know a soul who lived there. I honestly felt like I had been carried into exile—especially when I was faced with shoveling a driveway full of snow while Jay was away at seminary. Don’t people know you don’t have to live like that?  In his book Run with the Horses, Eugene Peterson defines exile as “we are where we don’t want to be.” I think for the past eighteen months we have all been living in exile. Our freedom to go and do whatever and whenever was halted. Our paradigms completely shifted. According to Peterson, while the Hebrews were in exile, they thrived. They prayed more deeply. They were more creative. They discovered purpose, love, and meaning. Though they lost everything they thought was important, more importantly, they found God. The goal of our lives is not to live as comfortably as possible but to live as deeply as possible right where God has planted us—even while in exile.


Today’s Prayer is written by Rebecca Madden, author of today’s meditation.

Dear Heavenly Father, I have been restless during this season and am ready for this exile to be over. Help me to find my rest in You. Help me to create, love, laugh, and dig down deep right where I am today. Amen.

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