As I think others have noted in this blog before, every morning at 8:30, TND staff gather together for a very brief time of prayer to start the day. We’re so very blessed to have the opportunity to take 15 minutes at the start of each day, any staff member who can, and shout out a praise or two for blessings and answered prayers during the week.
We also use the time to prayer, sometimes specifically when we can, for a staff member going through some challenging times or even an entire department handling changes. Of course, we pray for the women we’re privileged to serve. The number of staff members attending may differ each day, depending on what’s happening in the building, but it really doesn’t matter. What matters is the chance to praise, ask, and give thanks.
Our PAT gatherings aren’t a chore to attend, like I thought they might be. We can over-schedule ourselves with meetings, but this one, PAT, is probably one of the most important things we do. Our work is hard, and we talk often about supporting each other. Actually taking time daily and praying, asking God for His help with this work, is what do every morning at PAT. On the day I wrote my blog, how very fitting that Jesus Calling (often read in multiple meetings throughout the day) began with the words “Come to Me.” We are fortunate to be able to do that every day at TND with our colleagues and “marvel at the wonder of communicating with the Creator” knowing He is accessible to us.
Sallie Hussey serves as the Chief Development Officer at The Next Door.