Daily Devotions and Prayers
Every summer, College Pastors Matthew Marohl and Katherine Fick write a devotion book to be used as a resource for students, faculty, and staff at St. Olaf. Each book is divided into two sections. One section includes devotions. Each devotion is two pages in length and may be used alone or in groups. They are designed to focus your heart and mind on an issues of faith and college life. The other section offers prayers. The prayers are short and address the joys and complexities of college life. They may be prayed silently or aloud. They may be private prayers or prayers that are shared with friends. However you choose to use them, they are written to speak to your experience at St. Olaf College. Some years, a third section is included that outlines aspects of worship. These short writings are designed for personal reflection or group interaction. They invite you to consider why we worship, but they also help you to worship – on your own or together.
During the season of Lent, it is common to take up spiritual disciplines. The central practices are prayer, the giving of alms and fasting. Each invites us to reflect upon our relationship with God and with one another. While these are often thought of as the central Lenten disciplines, there are other ways that we might experience this holy time. In meditation, we quiet our body, our mind, and our soul as we sit with God in the stillness of the moment. In confession, we consider the ways that we have sinned – in thought, word and deed, against God and against others; through things that we have done and through things that we have left undone. Finally, reading and meditating on scripture is a powerful spiritual discipline. By considering the great acts of God, we reflect upon our own faithfulness. In this spirit, the St. Olaf College Student Congregation offers an annual devotion book to accompany you on your journey toward the springtime Easter feast to come.