Give Me a Word 2013: Fourth annual Abbey giveaway

Share your Word for 2013

In ancient times, wise men and women fled out into the desert to find a place where they could be fully present to God and to their own inner struggles at work within them. The desert became a place to enter into the refiner's fire and be stripped down to one's holy essence. The desert was a threshold place where you emerged different than when you entered.

Many people followed these ammas and abbas, seeking their wisdom and guidance for a meaningful life. One tradition was to ask for a word –  this word or phrase would be something on which to ponder for many days, weeks, months, sometimes a whole lifetime. This practice is connected to lectio divina, where we approach the sacred texts with the same request – "give me a word" we ask – something to nourish me, challenge me, a word I can wrestle with and grow into.  The word which chooses us has the potential to transform us.

  • What is your word for the year ahead? A word which contains within it a seed of invitation to cross a new threshold in your life?

Share your word in the comments section by Tuesday, January 8th and you are automatically entered for the prize drawing (prizes listed below).

A free 12-day online mini-retreat to help your word choose you. . .

This year I am offering all Abbey newsletter subscribers a gift: a free 12-day online mini-retreat with a suggested practice for each day to help your word choose you and to deepen into your word once it has found you.

Sign up here and you can start your mini-retreat today. Once you subscribe you will receive a confirmation email with access to the mini-retreat content (and you are free to unsubscribe at any time).  If you are already a subscriber, the invitation will be in this week's email newsletter.

Win a Prize – Random Drawing Giveaway on January 7th!

Some wonderful friends of the Abbey have offered fabulous prizes to be included in this  drawing held from all of the names who participate:

Pretty wonderful, isn't it?  Make sure to check out the links to their websites for all kinds of goodness and thank them for supporting the Abbey!

So please share your word (and a sentence about what it means for you) with us below.  Subscribe to the Abbey newsletter for your free gift. Share the love with others and invite them to participate.  Then stay tuned – on January 7th I will announce the prize winners!


  1. says

    My word was given to me on the cusp of the year: RENEW. It came with a cloud of attendant words, all insisting that they be allowed to support and encourage RENEW, so here they are as well – Reclaim / Reconnect / Refill / Refresh /Release / Replenish / Restore / Return.

    How marvelous! What a clear and powerful surge of intent and caring comes through those words, and what promise in the simple syllable, 'RE'? Always we begin again.

  2. Patricia says

    Although I didn't really finish all of these at the time, I saved them and in retrospect see that my word thoroughly this year has been Korea(n). Interesting. I continue to follow it. Just thought I'd share even though the year is almost done.

  3. Dr. Linda Bielowski says

    I just joined today–02/05, but I would like to share my word "seek."
    Here is the prayer I wrote centering on my word.


    Father God
    Mystery of Mysteries
    Speak your Word in the soughing wind
    Open the heart of my silent cell
    Rent the veil from my soul's sight
    That I might exalt you above, always above, this cloying world
    Deeply to seek, seek, and surrender all


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