Meeting God in Mission

July 30, 2014

Today’s Reflection

ONE OF THE STARTLING aspects of mission volunteer experiences, especially for first-time participants, comes when they discover that God is already at work wherever they go. They may think – mistakenly – that we are bringing God as revealed to us in Jesus Christ to our destination.

Our mission team members felt God’s presence when we heard our Haitian host family’s voices join in prayer before daylight, when we saw how they cared for one another and for us, and when we joined with them in long and fervent worship services. Encountering God and recognizing the power of the Holy Spirit already working for good in the lives of those we assist energizes us and inspires us to align ourselves with that power. Though we know that what we do is only a small part of the big picture, we feel assured that our contribution is vitally important.

- A Mission Journey

From page 20 of A Mission Journey: A Handbook for Volunteers. Copyright © 2013 General Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Discipleship Resources. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.

Today’s Question

Look for God’s presence today in unexpected places. Share your thoughts.

Today’s Scripture

Hear a just cause, O LORD; attend to my cry; give ear to my prayer from lips free of deceit.

Psalm 17:1, NRSV

This Week: pray for students preparing to go to school. 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:  
Basil the Blessed
(August 2).

Lectionary Readings

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Living for Others

July 29, 2014

Today’s Reflection

WE WILL HAVE moments in our lives … where we have to choose if we will live for ourselves or for others. Knowing that we are beloved by God, we are free to give ourselves away in sacrificial servanthood. E. Stanley Jones, an American missionary to India, once said, “There are two groups of people in this world. There is a very big group of people in this world who are miserable. They live for themselves. There’s another group who have given their lives away to others. Their lives are filled with a wild joy.”

Invitations of Jesus

From page 74 of Invitations of Jesus by Trevor Hudson. Copyright © 2014 by Trevor Hudson. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.

Today’s Question

Have you ever met someone who lives his or her life for others? Share your thoughts.

Today’s Scripture

So Jacob called the place Peniel, saying, “For I have seen God face to face, and yet my life is preserved.”

Genesis 32:30, NRSV

This Week: pray for students preparing to go to school. 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:  
Basil the Blessed
(August 2).

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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Forgiveness

July 28, 2014

Today’s Reflection FORGIVING RESEMBLES a spiral. At the center of the spiral lie the hurtful actions. As we come to new spiritual awareness and see connections between past hurts and present attitudes and actions, we may have to forgive again. And farther on, as we discover other pain and scars, we may have to forgive […]

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Keeping a Sabbath Space

July 27, 2014

Today’s Reflection MANY PEOPLE FIND Sunday as busy as any other day of the week, particularly if they have to work. However, behind the fourth commandment lies the truth that we were not created to live an endless round of busy days. Our bodies, minds, and spirits need sabbath space. And practicing the sabbath measures […]

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Spiritual Retreats

July 26, 2014

Today’s Reflection A GOOD RETREAT generally has some common elements, elements that lie at the heart of a meaningful time with God. For example, silence serves the retreatant well. To be certain you engage your silence, put time for it in the plan. Your plan likely will include aspects of any retreat such as bodily […]

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Witnessing with Our Shared Stories

July 25, 2014

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 […]

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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 […]

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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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