Today’s Reflection

In a little village called El Pescador (“the fisherman”) in the Baja Peninsula of Mexico, a group of American students and adults finished their homebuilding work one evening, went back to their campsite, and warmed a huge pot of soup. They had worked hard all day mixing cement for the foundation of a small house, and they were hungry. As the sounds of laughter and the smell of the soup drifted into the village, a woman who lived in the community shyly approached the group. She and her four children were hungry. Her husband worked many miles away in a maquiladora, a manufacturing plant, and would not be home with his week’s wages for several days. The work team invited the family to dinner.

Word quickly spread throughout the town. Over the next hour, seven families joined the growing dinner group. The cooking team added additional water to the soup, praying it would stretch far enough to feed the big hungry crowd. One family brought fresh tortillas, and another brought two watermelons fresh from the garden.

We all know how the story ends. The new friends shared soup and tortillas until they could eat no more. Laughter and stories told in broken Spanish and English filled the air. Pointing, smiling, and sign language served as a wonderfully effective means of communication. Finally the cooking team began to clean up and discovered they had more soup left than capacity to store it. And so the soup went home with the seven families.

How could there be so much left over? It didn’t make sense. But that’s what happened on a hillside above the Pacific Ocean in El Pescador, just like it happened two thousand years ago on a hillside above the shore of Galilee. Generosity unleashes abundance.

-Rebecca Dwight Bruff
Loving the World with God

From page 39 of Loving the World with God: Fourth Day Living by Rebecca Dwight Bruff. Copyright © 2014 by Rebecca Dwight Bruff. 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 a spirit of generosity. Share your thoughts.

Today’s Scripture

Jesus answered, “Very truly, I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God without being born of water and Spirit.”

John 3:15, NRSV

This Week: pray for graduating seniors. Submit your prayer to The Upper Room Living Prayer Center or share it in the comment section below.

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Saints, Inc.:

This week we remember: Augustine of Canterbury (May 27).

Lectionary Readings

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Today’s Reflection

SPIRITUAL GIFTS are given to each of us for the sake of one another. … We cannot exercise our spiritual gifts in isolation. They are not given to be hidden. Spiritual gifts are not bestowed for satellite use. The church is a communion, an organically connected body. … We are called to be together as Christ’s body on earth.

When we have discovered, by grace, our need for a constant, living reliance upon Christ Jesus the vine, our whole lives will orient around that truth. Jesus becomes the very organizing principle for all of life. He is, as the hymn says, “the heart of our own heart.” Thus gathering together as the body of Christ is not optional. Worship is vital. It is the very first activity God asks of us.

– Gerrit Scott Dawson

Responding to Our Call, Participant’s Book, Volume 4

From page 66 of Responding to Our Call: Participant’s Book, Volume 4 by Gerrit Scott Dawson. This is the 4th volume in the original Companions in Christ series. Copyright © 2006 by Upper Room Books. All rights reserved. Used by permission. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.

Today’s Question

What gift do you share with the Body of Christ? Share your thoughts.

Today’s Scripture

For you did not receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received a spirit of adoption. When we cry, “Abba! Father!”

Romans 8:15, NRSV

This Week: pray for graduating seniors. 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: Augustine of Canterbury (May 27).

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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