God, Our Dwelling Place

March 6, 2015

Today’s Reflection

DEAR LORD, you’re the perfect place to go when we’re in trouble. You’re the one we turn to when things fall apart. You’re a better dwelling place and refuge than even our favorite places! We remember places when trouble came our way. … Help us turn to you in times of joy and trouble alike. Heal our memories, whether by an outpouring of the Spirit, a helpful book, a verse of scripture, or a trusted friend or counselor. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

- Paul E. Stroble

You Gave Me a Wide Place

From page 157 of You Gave Me a Wide Place: Holy Places in Our Lives by Paul E. Stroble. Copyright © 2006 by Paul E. Stroble. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.

Today’s Question

Pray today’s prayer. Share your thoughts.

Today’s Scripture

For God’s foolishness is wiser than human wisdom, and God’s weakness is stronger than human strength.

1 Corinthians 1:25, NRSV

This Week: pray for single parents. Submit your prayer to The Upper Room Living Prayer Center or share it in the comment section below.

Did You Know?

In need of prayer? The Upper Room Living Prayer Center is a 7-day-a-week intercessory prayer ministry staffed by trained volunteers, call 1-800-251-2468 or visit The Living Prayer Center web site.

Saints, Inc.:

This week we remember: Katherine Drexel (March 3).

Lectionary Readings

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Today’s Reflection

LISTENING ACKNOWLEDGES AND HONORS the other’s uniqueness with his or her own stories and truths. We each need to tell our story, and we each need to hear the other’s story. Being listened to provides the opening we need to tell our stories, to express feelings and ideas we would otherwise be afraid to voice. In many ways the greatest gift of listening is that it enables us to go deeper into our own stories. Often I don’t know what I think until I hear what I say. … Listening which includes asking questions, can lead the other person to greater understanding and clarity about themselves.

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Alive Now

From “Listening” by Thomas Porter, on the Alive Now blog for December 31, 2012. Copyright © 2012 by The Upper Room. All rights reserved. Used by permission. http://alivenow.upperroom.org/2012/12/31/listening/ http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.

Today’s Question

Look for opportunities to be a good listener. Share your thoughts.

Today’s Scripture

For the message about the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.

1 Corinthians 1:18, NRSV

This Week: pray for single parents. Submit your prayer to The Upper Room Living Prayer Center or share it in the comment section below.

Did You Know?

In need of prayer? The Upper Room Living Prayer Center is a 7-day-a-week intercessory prayer ministry staffed by trained volunteers, call 1-800-251-2468 or visit The Living Prayer Center web site.

Saints, Inc.:

This week we remember: Katherine Drexel (March 3).

Lectionary Readings

(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)

Sponsored by Upper Room Ministries ®. Copyright © 2015, a ministry of Discipleship Ministries | PO Box 340004 | Nashville, TN 37203-0004 | USA

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The Importance of Listening

March 4, 2015

Today’s Reflection WHY IS LISTENING so important? Listening speaks one of our deepest needs: to be understood or to feel understood. Yes, we might like people to agree with us, take our side, but it is a great gift when we feel that the person understands us, even if the person does not agree with […]

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A Holy Lent

March 3, 2015

Today’s Reflection LENT SERVES AS OUR ANNUAL INVITATION to come closer to God. It provides a time to look at our lives and ourselves, not so that we may criticize ourselves more harshly but so we can identify the obstructions that keep us from God. What keeps us from feeling the presence of the divine […]

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Bottoms: When They Fall Out

March 2, 2015

Today’s Reflection WHEN PERSONS COME FORWARD to receive Holy Communion, I look into their eyes to see if they understand Easter as resurrection. A slight smile, a knowing glance, or a moist eye hints that they get it. I feel that until the bottom gets knocked out of our lives, it is difficult for us […]

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Loving Self

March 1, 2015

Today’s Reflection HOW DO YOU love yourself in small ways taking time out from rushing for tea a good book walk outside a day of nothing in large ways retreat until you feel the solidness of how you stand until joy and laughter bubble up in the spaces of your days love yourself oh yes […]

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Believe into Jesus

February 28, 2015

Today’s Reflection WHAT DOES IT MEAN to believe in Jesus? Reverend Tim Keller, pastor of New York City’s Redeemer Presbyterian Church, gave an intriguing sermon titled “John Meets Jesus” (4/17/97), in which he noted that whenever we read the phrase “belief in Jesus” in John’s Gospel, the original Greek (which always uses the preposition “eis”) […]

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Humility

February 27, 2015

Today’s Reflection HUMILITY IS SELF-ABNEGATION but not self-defamation. Paradoxically, by accepting ourselves as God’s creature and therefore as a companion creature with others, we also claim our dignity as persons created for communion with God and others. Being humble is not being ashamed; it is being fully aware — aware of the difference between God […]

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Making a Space for God

February 26, 2015

Today’s Reflection IF WE PICTURE all the obstructions between us and God as a wilderness, Lent presents us with time to clear and cultivate a part of that wilderness, to create an open space in it. In this newly opened space, we may live more freely and commune more closely with the divine. We can […]

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A Thirst for God

February 25, 2015

Today’s Reflection “http://daily.upperroom.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/UR9997_AwkwardSeason190.jpg”/> SOMETIMES, O GOD, my thirst for you is pushed aside, ignored, or simply quenched by something other – something reasonable, something more popular – than you. But you never go away, never stop, never leave the depths of me. Like an underground spring, you are fresh and free, breaking through. Help me […]

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