Today’s Reflection

IS THERE A significant difference in storytelling in the faith community? Yes, in many ways there are significant differences. Primarily we need to look at two areas:

  • the purpose and role of stories in communities of faith; and
  • the faith of the storyteller.

…Storytellers in a traditional community serve as culture bearers. Within our stories are contained elements of our cultures that we wish to transmit to other generations. Our primary purpose is not to entertain but to continue culture. Storytellers in faith-based communities share that same purpose. We are sharing the stories, and creating stories, that contain the essence of what we believe. Our primary purpose is to share and continue our faith. There is a reason why we tell stories, and a reason why we tell the stories we do.

– Ray Buckley
Dancing with Words

From pages 54-55 of Dancing with Words: Storytelling as Legacy, Culture, and Faith by Ray Buckley. Copyright © 2003 Discipleship Resources. All rights reserved. Used by permission. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.

Today’s Question

Does your faith community have someone you identify as a storyteller? Share your thoughts.

Today’s Scripture

…but he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is made perfect in weakness.” So, I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me.

2 Corinthians 12:9, NRSV

This Week: pray for those who cannot take time to rest. Submit your prayer to The Upper Room Living Prayer Center or share it in the comment section below.

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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: Thomas (July 3).

Lectionary Readings

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Today’s Reflection

GOD OF WIND and tempest,
God of the still small voice
Help me to quiet my mind
and let go of busy thoughts.
I yearn for stillness in your presence;
I want to sit at your feet like Mary
and listen deeply to your wisdom.
Help me to let go without worry.
Let my heart be ready to host you.
Gracious God, I come to you as I am,
ready to become your listening child.

– Elizabeth J. Canham
Finding Your Voice in the Psalms

From pages 32 of Finding Your Voice in the Psalms: An Invitation to Honest Prayer by Elizabeth J. Canham. Copyright © 2013 by Elizabeth J. Canham. 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 today’s prayer. Share your thoughts.

Today’s Scripture

Walk about Zion, go all around it, count its towers, consider well its ramparts; go through its citadels, that you may tell the next generation that this is God, our God forever and ever. He will be our guide forever.

Psalm 48:12-14, NRSV

This Week: pray for those who cannot take time to rest. 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: Thomas (July 3).

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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Loving Our Neighbor

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Today’s Reflection Recently, I met a woman named Bertha, a Guatemalan woman with AIDS. She was talking about how people with HIV and AIDS are alienated from society. “Even the church can cause great damage to those struggling with AIDS,” she said. She quietly told me about a single mom in El Salvador who went […]

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Today’s Reflection AFTER VISITING MY FATHER TODAY, I went to the car, lay my head on the steering wheel, and cried like a two-year-old child.Ugly tears, a contorted face, and red nose. O Lord, I’m burned out. Frazzled. I don’t even recognize myself anymore.Today the stress just spilled out when my father complained that I […]

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Serenity Prayer

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Today’s Reflection GOD, GRANT ME the serenityto accept the things I cannot change,the courage to change the things I can,and the wisdom to know the difference.Living one day at a time,enjoying one moment at a time,accepting hardships as the pathway to peace,taking, as he did, this sinful world as it is,not as I would have […]

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A Blessing

June 26, 2015

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Power Through Weakness

June 25, 2015

Today’s Reflection WHEN WE READ the scriptures, we are introduced to a God of power. God’s power creates, redeems, liberates, and heals. I’m concerned, however, that we often speak about God’s power in a triumphalistic way. We say that when God’s power often come across like that, especially when people giving those testimonies look good, […]

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Heavenly Treasure

June 24, 2015

Today’s Reflection ONE DAY after school, I went to the train station to do my part-time job of passing out leaflets. In large, bold print the leaflets proclaimed, “HOW TO GATHER TREASURE!” The tract listed several means for people to make a fortune, such as trading real estate, investing in stocks, saving more and spending […]

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