Attitude of Gratitude

November 28, 2014

Today’s Reflection

“The sacrifice that honors me is a thankful heart” (Psalm 50:23a, CEV)

I TRULY ENJOY serving people in impoverished communities. In fact, I wrote this devotion on my way home from Mexico, where I volunteered at an orphanage for handicapped children.

I learned a great deal from these orphans who had very little. They didn’t have a variety of food and ate beans and rice nearly every day. They lacked the ability to care for themselves … These orphans didn’t have televisions, computers, phones, cars, parents, and many other things I often take for granted.

But instead of complaining about the things they didn’t have, they thanked God for what they did have. They had a roof over their head, three meals a day, a loving staff of people to care for them, and medication and equipment to help them with their disabilities. Most of all, they had Jesus.

Now when I find myself complaining about what I don’t have, I try to stop and think of all that I do have. I really do have a lot for which to be thankful.
–Jessica Lippe, in devozine

- Jessica Lippe
devozine, July/August 2011

From “Attitude of Gratitude,” by Jessica Lippe, page 5 in devozine,the devotional lifestyle magazine for teens. Copyright © 2011 by The Upper Room. All rights reserved. Used by permission.http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.

Today’s Question

Give thanks today for what you have. Share your thoughts.

Today’s Scripture

I give thanks to my God always for you because of the grace of God that has been given you in Christ Jesus, for in every way you have been enriched in him, in speech and knowledge of every kind–just as the testimony of Christ has been strengthened among you–so that you are not lacking in any spiritual gift as you wait for the revealing of our Lord Jesus Christ.
1 Corinthians 1:5-7, NRSV

This Week: pray for travelers. 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:
John Knox
(November 24).

Lectionary Readings

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Gratitude

November 27, 2014

Today’s Reflection

OUR FIRST RESPONSE IS GRATITUDE. We thank God for such generous and nourishing gifts. Giving thanks opens our eyes to our connections to others.

We see that we cannot thank God for the food we have and then turn our backs on people who are hungry. We cannot praise God for the bounty of the land and sea and close our eyes to the ways we abuse and pollute the soil and water. …

Giving thanks to God is more than saying grace at the table; it is living lives that reflect God’s justice and love.

–Susan Briehl, Mary Emily Briehl Wells, and Magdalena Briehl Wells, Way to Live

- edited by Dorothy C. Bass and Don C. Richter

Way to Live

From pages 68-69 of Way to Live: Christian Practices for Teens, edited by Dorothy C. Bass and Don C. Richter. Copyright © 2002 by Dorothy C. Bass and Don C. Richter. All rights reserved. Used with permission of Upper Room Books. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.

Today’s Question

Think of ways you can express your gratitude. Share your thoughts.

Today’s Scripture

Restore us, O God of hosts; let your face shine, that we may be saved.
Psalm 80:7, NRSV

This Week: pray for travelers. 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:
John Knox
(November 24).

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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My Morning Prayer

November 26, 2014

Today’s Reflection EVERY MORNING, I give thanks for all God has given me – for my bed, my breakfast, my cup of tea from my leaf-shaped teapot. But as I pray, I know that beyond my home, beyond my country where freedom and peace are taken for granted, beyond all the blessings of my life […]

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Care for the Stranger

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Being Truly Present

November 24, 2014

Today’s Reflection BEING TRULY PRESENT to the person before us is also a discipline, a spiritual practice. Often we are tired, in a hurry, worried about meeting a deadline at work, or perhaps distracted by the coffee stain on the white sweater we just bought. Yet we can hear Jesus’ words to Martha, anxious about […]

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Gaining Perspective

November 23, 2014

Today’s Reflection OUR LIVES MAY BE FULL of change and turmoil. Sometimes we need to stop and take in the big picture, to look back at where we have been, to view the great span of our history with this Shepherd who will not abandon the sheep. [In Psalm 100] the psalmist says God is […]

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God Comes to Us

November 22, 2014

Today’s Reflection WE CANNOT DEVELOP a close relationship with God if we have a distorted image of God. If we think God is uninvolved in daily events, then we will not see God’s activity in what happens. If we see God as being very remote, then personal communication is impossible. If we perceive God as […]

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Who Belongs at the Table?

November 21, 2014

Today’s Reflection LAST WEEKEND I started mentally gearing up to host a meal. What date? How many? Who? I’ve learned that a good dinner party includes people who share common interests but can also bring fresh ideas to enliven the table talk. I scribbled names of professional women with admirable faith, all lively conversationalists. The […]

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Welcome and Hospitality

November 20, 2014

Today’s Reflection IN THE OLD TESTAMENT, hesed is a practice of welcome and hospitality among the Hebrew people. Hesed requires that the host and the sojourner eat together to signify welcoming and connecting with the stranger. It is clear to me that eating together is the sign of real community more than any other behavior […]

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Looking with the Eyes of Christ

November 19, 2014

Today’s Reflection I ONCE WORKED on staff at a large, prominently placed downtown church. It was easy to find the hungry, the thirsty, and the stranger there. They came to us. They came to our charitable office for food and clothing and career assistance. They sat in our sanctuary for warmth on cold days. And […]

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