As many people with strong religious traditions, Lutherans are sometimes reluctant to change and try new ways of thinking about and practicing faith. But there is a groundswell movement of people who are looking for deeper experiences of faith, people who are eager to make meaningful connections to the holy. Contemplative practices are designed to do just this, and Lutherans around the country are discovering the joy of sacred practices. But far from being something new, contemplative disciplines have a strong biblical foundation.

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Robert C. Blezard
Robert C. Blezard is pastor of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Aberdeen, Md., and editor of Living Lutheran's study guides. Previously he served as an assistant to the bishop of the Lower Susquehanna Synod.

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