Everyday Epiphanies

April 25, 2014

Today’s Reflection

WE ARE SURROUNDED by everyday epiphanies. To get in the habit of encountering them, look each day for two things:

  1. Something that surprises you
  2. Something that inspires you

    Many of us blunder through our lives as though we were asleep. Just being deliberately focused on seeing makes you more alert, more excited, more optimistic. You look, listen, and expect a life-giving surprise. Daily lives are transformed into expectation of meaningful sights. You may see things you have never noticed before.

    - Judy Gattis Smith
    Fear Not

    From page 11 of Fear Not: Learning from Your Cancer by Judy Gattis Smith. Copyright © 2008 Discipleship Resources. All rights reserved. Used by permission. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.

    Today’s Question

    Practice the teach from today’s reflection. Share your thoughts.

    Today’s Scripture

    Although you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and rejoice with an indescribable and glorious joy, for you are receiving the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls.
    1 Peter 1:8-9, NRSV

    This Week: pray to discover the joy of Christ. Submit your prayer to The Upper Room Living Prayer Center or share it in the comment section below.

    Did You Know?

    Today, millions of people around the world are praying together. Thank you for joining us in prayer and supporting us with your gifts. Help us continue to share the Good News of God’s love with people everywhere.

    Saints, Inc.:

    This week we remember:  
    Mark the Evangelist (April 25).

    Lectionary Readings

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You Who Are Weary

April 24, 2014

YOU WHO ARE WEARY
Sleepless
Tired
Depressed
Discouraged

Do not be afraid!

You who are fed up
Hopeless
Visionless
Fearful
Tearful

Do not be afraid!

God is present in your suffering.
God will calm the winds and waves of your soul!

– Junius Dotson
(Based on Mark 4:25-31) From page 33 of The Africana Worship Book: Year B, edited by Valerie Bridgeman Davis and Safiyah Fosua. Copyright © 2007 by Discipleship Resources. All rights reserved. Used by permission.

Today’s Question

Pray today’s poem. Share your thoughts.

Today’s Scripture

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! By his great mercy he has given us a new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who are being protected by the power of God through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.
1 Peter 1:3-5, NRSV

This Week: pray to discover the joy of Christ. Submit your prayer to The Upper Room Living Prayer Center or share it in the comment section below.

Did You Know?

Today, millions of people around the world are praying together. Thank you for joining us in prayer and supporting us with your gifts. Help us continue to share the Good News of God’s love with people everywhere.

Saints, Inc.:

This week we remember:  
Mark the Evangelist (April 25).

Lectionary Readings

(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)

Sponsored by Upper Room Ministries ®. Copyright © 2014, a ministry of GBOD | PO Box 340004 | Nashville, TN 37203-0004 | USA

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Life Comes from God

April 23, 2014

Today’s Reflection JESUS IS NOT SIMPLY ALIVE. He has life in himself. We do not generate ourselves. But Jesus is the eternal Son of the eternal Father bound together in love by and with the eternal Spirit. So, our lives are derived from the Triune God. – Gerrit Scott Dawson Weavings From page 40 of […]

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God, Who Is Our Hope

April 22, 2014

Today’s Reflection HISTORY IS FAR TOO HARSH for faith lightly held. History is far too real for faith to rest content in blissful denial. Faith requires more than naiveté. … Our hope resides in a covenant grounded in God’s grace. God’s promises serve not as escape pods from history but as the means for living […]

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Forgiveness Has a Face

April 21, 2014

Today’s Reflection “I AM with you always. Breathe my breath. Lean your full heavy heart on my strength in this dark place. Let me pray in you, for you, and through you.” Forgiveness is a person. Forgiveness has a face. Forgiveness itself is holding me now. – Flora Slosson Wuellner Forgiveness, the Passionate Journey From […]

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Easter Prayer

April 20, 2014

Today’s Reflection O LORD OF LIFE, we thank you that the day of resurrection has dawned upon us. In its clear light, help us now to step from whatever sign of darkness there may be in ourselves into the true light and life, which is now yours—and which you long to share freely and fully […]

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Holy Saturday

April 19, 2014

Today’s Reflection TO PRAY FOR one another is to enter the dark not-knowing of Holy Saturday, suspended between the savagery and sorrow of the world and the undisclosed work of a hidden God. … We, in hope alive but besieged by the enormity of the world’s distress, release our prayer into the unseen flow of […]

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God, Who Weeps with Us

April 18, 2014

Today’s Reflection PAUL INTRODUCES US to a God who groans. We are tempted to think God is far away, aloof, distant. … [But] Jesus, who is the image of the invisible God, gives us a different picture. Jesus’ weeping with Mary and Martha as they grieve reminds us that God weeps too. When Jesus cries […]

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The Grieving Christ

April 17, 2014

Today’s Reflection IT IS A STARK SCENE. Jesus praying in Gethsemane, saying, “My heart is ready to break with grief. …” Does this look like the picture of a saintly Jesus resting in the palm of God? Hardly. We see an agonizing, straining, and struggling Jesus. We see a “man of sorrows.” We see a […]

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Make Me New

April 16, 2014

Today’s Reflection O GOD, who makes all things new, new stars, new dust, new life; take my heart, every hardened edge and measured beat, and create something new in me. I need your newness, God, the rough parts of me me made smooth; the stagnant, stirred, the stuck, freed; the unkind, forgiven. And then, by […]

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