How can we use a dark valley to grow closer to God?

Read: “A Quiet Space for Endings and Beginnings,” Quiet Spaces: Prayer Interludes for Women, pages 181-207.

Adversity and God - REFLECT

Reflect:

Adversity and God

What kind of things constitute a dark valley to you? In your experience, do these things create a barrier between you and God? Why might that be so?

Naming the Dark Valleys - CREATE

Create:

Naming the Dark Valleys

Start a journal page with the words, “I know I’m in a dark valley when…”  Complete the sentence at least five times. Read over your responses–what pattern emerges for you?

Divine Love - PRAY

Pray:

Divine Love

Loving Creator, I know that the dark valleys of our lives are part of our human condition and experience. Help me to understand that they are not a punishment, but an opportunity for me to experience you in a new and deeper way. Thank God for the ways in which divine love is present to you in your dark valley.


Growing Spiritually - SHARE YOUR FAITH

Sharing Your Faith:

Growing Spiritually

Discussion Question:
Some people say that the dark valleys of our lives are what make us grow spiritually. Do you agree with this? Why or why not? Have you experienced growth as a result of a dark valley? What happened?

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