Today’s Reflection

IN HIS BOOK Life Together, Dietrich Bonhoeffer says that the first service one owes to others in fellowship is listening. Just as the love of God begins with listening, so the beginning of love for our brothers and sisters is our learning to listen to them. The act of listening to another’s story is an invitation into experiences that are not our own. Yet we are simultaneously listening to another’s story and traveling our own memories and experiences with God. In these moments, God calls us to remember our stories with the Divine. Mutuality occurs when both youth and adults can witness to each other with their life stories. Our stories are never simply our own. They are coauthored with God and community. If adults are attentive to God’s activity within the lives of youth, sharing our stories becomes an opportunity for God to enter into the present moment and transform relationships.

- Richard H. Gentzler Jr., Melanie C. Gordon, Craig Kennet Miller, and Abby Parker
Gen2Gen

From pages 140-141 of Gen2Gen: Sharing Jesus Across the Generations, edited by Richard H. Gentzler Jr., Melanie C. Gordon, Craig Kennet Miller, and Abby Parker. Copyright © 2014 Discipleship Resources. All rights reserved. Used by permission. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.

Today’s Question

Who knows your faith story? Whose faith story do you know? 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.

Saints, Inc.:

This week we remember:  
Mary Magdalene
(July 22).

Lectionary Readings

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Healing Perspective

July 24, 2014

Today’s Reflection

LET ME TELL you a story about a heavy burden I was carrying. I was feeling depressed about everything. By coincidence, I was in Flagstaff, Arizona, so I decided to go to the Grand Canyon.

I saw this multi-million-year-old canyon and its place in an even older creation and thought that if that whole time period were represented by one hour, then I probably was born in a tiny fraction of the last second. Looking at the Grand Canyon, this enormous abyss of beauty, I thought, “My dear, why are you overcome by these problems?” My depression fell away. “In the face of all this, what are you worried about, as if you were carrying the burden of the world? Something has gone on before you and something will go on after you, so why don’t you enjoy the brief time you’ve been given?”

Seeing the Grand Canyon was like seeing a wound in the earth that heals us. That image has stayed with me a long time, because I realized that God is like the Grand Canyon. God suffered a wound, the wound of all humanity, and if I enter into the abyss of divine love, my wound becomes a light burden. I realized that I could acknowledge my wound and not be paralyzed by it, live it and not be consumed by it. In the presence of God’s wound, I know myself loved by a love so immense that it leads me home into the very life of our God.

- Henri J. M. Nouwen
A Spirituality of Homecoming

From pages 45-46 of A Spirituality of Homecoming by Henri J. M. Nouwen with John S. Mogabgab, Series Editor. Copyright © 2012 The Henri Nouwen Legacy Trust. 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 for healing perspective for someone else or for yourself. 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.

Saints, Inc.:

This week we remember:  
Mary Magdalene
(July 22).

Lectionary Readings

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Ministry of Presence

July 23, 2014

Today’s Reflection AS I AM FULLY PRESENT to God, I become the kind of person who is wholly present to others. I can give no greater gift. When I am present I am considerate, giving undivided attention to the person’s words and feelings at the moment. People deeply need this gift of being appreciated and […]

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Moving Godward

July 22, 2014

Today’s Reflection CONVERSION IS GOING ON all the time within us and within the world. … While the change of turning toward God may seem like a once-in-a-lifetime experience, it is in reality a continual process. We may think that we have turned fully toward God; then we discover another dimension of God, and we […]

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The Nightly Review

July 21, 2014

Today’s Reflection OF ALL MY PERSONAL spiritual practices, the nightly review has brought the most growth. I usually do it on my own, but it can also be done with a loved one or even the whole family. … 1. Make some time to be quiet for a few moments. Take a few deep breaths […]

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To Be a Saint

July 20, 2014

Today’s Reflection Saints do not posses an extra layer of muscle. They are not taller, and they do not sport superior IQs. They are not richer, and their parents are not more clever than yours or mine. They have no bat-like perception that enables them to fly in the dark. They are flesh and blood, […]

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Teach Me to Rest

July 19, 2014

Today’s Reflection ETERNAL ONE, revealed in waves and in the waiting stillness, teach me to rest, content in your love. Let my life be a poem that tells of your care, always ready to rise up on trusting wings and risk the wind. Amen. – Elizabeth J. Canham Heart Whispers: Benedictine Wisdom for Today “From […]

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Spiritual Disciplines

July 18, 2014

Today’s Reflection IN OUR CULTURE, we have gotten away from the spiritual disciplines that our spiritual ancestors used, and somehow in the day in which we live, these disciplines of the spiritual life seem foreign to us. We know, however, that there is nothing that can take the place of established patterns of prayer, specific […]

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Filled with Grace

July 17, 2014

Today’s Reflection “YOURS THE SEED, yours the growth; yours the water, yours the thirst; yours the wild, yours the tame. You are within me, O God, and within all creation – and you are beyond. Shape and fill me this day and all creation with your grace.” – Sam Hamilton-Poore Earth Gospel: A Guide to […]

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Praying in God’s Presence

July 16, 2014

Today’s Reflection IN A QUIET PLACE where you can be alone and quiet, focus on one thing: a bird at the feeder, the ripples on a watery surface, the shape of a cloud, a favorite icon, a cross at the altar, even your own hand. Allow your breathing to become progressively slower and deeper until […]

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