God in the Unexpected

September 16, 2014

Today’s Reflection

I FIND GOD in the unexpected,
the unexpected places
where I least expect to find
the presence of the Living God.

It is in these unlikely places
that the undeniable sense of
holy-overwhelming arrests my attention.

I find God in the unexpected,
the unexpected times
when I would rather
wallow around in the muddle of my mind
and rehash old, unresolved issues.

God pierces through the wall of my wailing
and shines glory on my being
so I can see a new path,
a new direction,
a new purpose.

I find God in the unexpected,
in people whose lives seem so fractured.
Yet they, like shards of a mirror,
reflect the image of God so clearly
and profoundly
that God becomes flesh again.

I find God in the unexpected,
those situations that seemed trivial:
a passing comment,
a line from a movie,
an image on a screen.
Serendipity turns spiritual in unguarded moments
because God chooses to speak to me
through the unexpected.

I find God in the unexpected.
Slowly, I’m beginning to learn
to expect God – in the unexpected.
– Kwasi Kena

- The Africana Worship Book, Year C

From pages 56-57 of The Africana Worship Book, Year C, edited by Valerie Bridgeman Davis and Safiyah Fosua. Copyright © 2008 by Discipleship Resources. All rights reserved. Used by permission. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.

Today’s Question

Look for God in unexpected places today. Share your thoughts.

Today’s Scripture

The whole congregation of the Israelites complained against Moses and Aaron in the wilderness.

The LORD spoke to Moses and said, “I have heard the complaining of the Israelites; say to them, ‘At twilight you shall eat meat, and in the morning you shall have your fill of bread; then you shall know that I am the LORD your God.’”

Exodus 16:11-12, NRSV

This Week: pray for struggling friendships. 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:  
Hildegard of Bingen
(September 17).

Lectionary Readings

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Life Interrupted

September 15, 2014

Today’s Reflection

SOMETIMES, WHEN LIFE IS INTERRUPTED, we feel confused. What is God up to? we wonder. Why is this happening? Our heads spin. We all face questions with no easy answers. We easily get caught up in all the question. Let’s not forget – questions are good!

May we ask questions and bring them before God. Jesus will be with us always, even in the questions. He sees our hearts. He sees our pain. Like the paralyzed man, we need healing, and Jesus desires to give it. Like the scribes, we also have questions in our hearts. We are welcome to ask them, and Jesus meets us in our questioning.

- Jacob Armstrong
Interruptions

From page 50 of Interruptions: A 40-Day Journey with Jesus by Jacob Armstrong. Copyright © 2014 by Jacob Armstrong. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.

Today’s Question

What questions would you bring before God today? Share your thoughts.

Today’s Scripture

The whole congregation of the Israelites complained against Moses and Aaron in the wilderness.

The Israelites said to them, “If only we had died by the hand of the LORD in the land of Egypt, when we sat by the fleshpots and ate our fill of bread; for you have brought us out into this wilderness to kill this whole assembly with hunger.”

Exodus 16:2-3, NRSV

This Week: pray for struggling friendships. 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:  
Hildegard of Bingen
(September 17).

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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Direction in the Wilderness

September 14, 2014

Today’s Reflection SOMETIMES IT TAKES going into the wilderness to learn who we are and what we need. From time to time, God draws us toward a terrain where the familiar contours of our lives disappear, where we leave our landmarks behind, where we let go the people and patterns and possessions that orient us. […]

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The Gift of Age

September 13, 2014

Today’s Reflection OLD AGE IS NOT A PUNISHMENT but a divine gift. Your life experiences have enriched you beyond measure. Your life brims with countless memories, relationships, stories, and images. Now is not the time to unplug from life. Invite a new passion to settle into your thoughts. God can restore a brighter outlook as […]

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Finding Peace

September 12, 2014

Today’s Reflection BOOKS PILE HIGH and fill my mind,surrounding me on every side.“Get work done, no time for fun.”It seems that life keeps piling on. I’ve learned it’s easier to findsome peace within my worried mindwhen I can stop for just a while –letting go of the weighty pile –to think of Jesus and the […]

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Diversity

September 11, 2014

Today’s Reflection DIVERSITY CHALLENGES US. We can so easily look at the rituals of another person or another religion and see the contradictions and absurdities. In the wake of 9/11, we heard much of the backlash against Muslims in North America, universally branded as potential terrorists and frequently treated as second-class citizens. While their lot […]

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Seeking Faith

September 10, 2014

Today’s Reflection AT ITS HEART, a Christian church is not a community of faith but a community seeking it – following Jesus, learning to believe along the Way. On any given day, we may or may not “have faith.” We may or may not believe or love or build up from ruins. We may or […]

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Listening and Praying

September 9, 2014

Today’s Reflection WE OFTEN THINK OF PRAYER only as talking to God. But listening is a part of prayer we may forget about or ignore. Maybe this happens because we are busy asking for something or telling God something. It is important to remember that when we pray, we also listen to hear God’s voice. […]

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Spirituality Is a Slippery Word

September 8, 2014

Today’s Reflection SPIRITUALITY IS A SLIPPERY WORD. … For those whose daily lives revolve around frantic timetables of … getting children to school on time, holding down a stressful eight-to-five job, … spirituality sounds strange and impractical. It suggests another world of inactivity, passivity, and uninterrupted silences. For those whose life experiences have been scarred […]

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Taking Up the Journey

September 7, 2014

Today’s Reflection JESUS WALKED MANY MILES sharing God’s love and grace with all people. Now that Jesus no longer walks the earth, are his footprints deep enough for Paul to follow? [See Phillipians 1:21-30.] … Paul, as a disciple of Christ, walked the journey of Jesus in his time and place. We, in our time […]

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