Today’s Reflection

HOPE demands that we notice our world, and that we take responsibility for it and for each other. Saint Augustine suggested poetically that hope has two beautiful daughters: anger at the way things are, and courage to see to it they do not remain the way they are.

It is a healthy thing to get angry, to be outraged — and then to get busy working for something just because it is good and needed. With courage we embrace a very long-term task with energy and patience. As Reinhold Niebuhr said, “Nothing that is worth doing can be achieved in our lifetime.”

– James C. Howell
Yours Are the Hands of Christ

From page 42 of Yours Are the Hands of Christ by James C. Howell. Copyright © 1998 by James C. Howell. 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 thought before of the relationship between anger, courage, and patience as they relate to hope? Share your thoughts.

Today’s Scripture

Out of the depths I cry to you, O LORD.

Psalm 130:1, NRSV

This Week: pray for someone moving to new surroundings. 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: Dominic (August 8).

Lectionary Readings

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Christian Healing

August 3, 2015

Today’s Reflection

CHRISTIAN HEALING is a process that involves the totality of our being — body, mind, emotion, spirit, and our social context — and that directs us toward becoming the person God is calling us to be at every stage of our living and our dying. Whenever we are truly open to God, some kind of healing takes place, because God yearns to bring us to wholeness. Through prayer and the laying on of hands, through confession, anointing, the sacraments, and other means of grace, Jesus meets us in our brokenness and pain and there loves, transforms, forgives, redeems, resurrects, and heals. Jesus does this in God’s way, in God’s time, and according to God’s loving purpose for each person.

Because the Holy Spirit is continually at work in each of us, pushing us toward wholeness, the process of healing is like removing sticks and leaves from a stream until the water runs clear. If we simply get out of the way of the Lord’s work in us, we can trust that we are being led to the particular kind of wholeness God wills for us.

– Tilda Norberg and Robert D. Webber

Stretch Out Your Hand

From pages 26-27 of Stretch Out Your Hand: Exploring Healing Prayer by Tilda Norberg and Robert D. Webber. Copyright © 1998 by Tilda Norberg and Robert D. Webber. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.

Today’s Question

How have you experienced God’s salvation, God’s healing? Share your thoughts.

Today’s Scripture

The king was deeply moved, and went up to the chamber over the gate, and wept; and as he went, he said, “O my son Absalom, my son, my son Absalom! Would I had died instead of you, O Absalom, my son, my son!”

2 Samuel 18:33, NRSV

This Week: pray for someone moving to new surroundings. 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: Dominic (August 8).

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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Empowerment

August 2, 2015

Today’s Reflection EMPOWERMENT IS the new buzzword in the workplace. Your task as a manager is to empower people by listening, coaching, mentoring, and counseling. You can involve your staff in the areas of decision making, goal setting, and planning. You may feel uncomfortable with the idea of empowering your staff rather than managing them […]

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Reading the Scripture

August 1, 2015

Today’s Reflection WE CANNOT view our spiritual reading of scripture as a means to any goal of our own devising. It must be a steady, consistent discipline we offer to God with no strings attached, no demands made, no expectations fixed, no limits set. We simply offer it for God’s use or nonuse. Thus, all […]

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Jesus Is the Host

July 31, 2015

Today’s Reflection JESUS IS THE HOST who wants to gather us around the table, the Good Shepherd who invites his people to a table where the cup is overflowing (Psalm 23). This is not a harsh Lord but the Lamb of God who says, “Come into my home.” We can read the whole Bible with […]

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God Is With You

July 30, 2015

Today’s Reflection WHEN FEAR BEGINS to overwhelm us, we can think of the living Christ, whose heart and voice are God’s heart and voice, speaking to us inwardly: I am here. I will not leave you. Hold onto me. You are safe with me. Breathe slowly. Breathe deeply. My healing breath of life is flowing […]

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Marriage Redeemed

July 29, 2015

Today’s Reflection WHAT WE OFTEN fail to understand is that God not only hates divorce, God also hates a marriage that is not fulfilling its purpose. Marriage is meant to help husband, wife, and all children become all that God intended for them to be. Divorce needs to be compared with a bad marriage, not […]

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HIV and AIDS, and Prison Reform

July 28, 2015

Today’s Reflection PRISONS AROUND THE WORLD are ill-equipped to deal with HIV and AIDS. In Africa, facilities are so crowded that in order to change position while sleeping, one prisoner has to announce to the others to “roll over,” and every man turns at the same time. In Latin America children go to jail with […]

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Praying As Repentance

July 27, 2015

Today’s Reflection PRAYING TO KNOW God’s will is a fundamental act of repentance. It is our way of saying to God, “I am willing to look at life from your point of view. I am willing to change my mind and heart and no longer look at life through the lens of my ego.” That […]

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Letting Go

July 26, 2015

Today’s Reflection I HAVE OFTEN believed that a good analogy of letting go in the dying process is much like a trapeze artist. The flyer climbs the steps of the ladder and takes hold of the bar suspended between two ropes. This bar is a trapeze. Across the way is another person, the catcher, who […]

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