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 this image in mind. God is continually inviting us to dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of our life (Psalm 27:4).The Lord wants to be our home. That is why John says that the Word became flesh and pitched a tent among us (see John 1:14). God built a home among us so we can see how much God wants us to be at home with God. “Come and see.”

– by Henri J. M. Nouwen, edited by John S. Mogabgab

A Spirituality of Homecoming

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Today’s Question

Imagine being at home with God. Share your thoughts.

Today’s Scripture

The gifts he gave were that some would be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until all of us come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to maturity, to the measure of the full stature of Christ.

Ephesians 4:11-13, NRSV

This Week: pray for broken relationships. 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: Ignatius of Loyola (July 31).

Lectionary Readings

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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 into you. Take my peace into your body. Take my peace into your heart.

– Flora Slosson Wuellner
Miracle

From page 34 of Miracle: When Christ Touches Our Deepest Need by Flora Slosson Wuellner. Copyright © 2008 by Flora Slosson Wuellner. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.

Today’s Question

Speak these words as you pray today. Share your thoughts.

Today’s Scripture

Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.

Psalm 51:7, NRSV

This Week: pray for broken relationships. 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: Ignatius of Loyola (July 31).

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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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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Coming, Waiting, Being

July 25, 2015

Today’s Reflection PRAYER IS coming into the presence of the One who loves us all the time—more than our parents ever loved us even in the best of times—and waiting in that presence, merely being there in that presence. That’s all. Coming and waiting and being there. Prayer, you see, is a fellowship, a meeting, […]

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Nature

July 24, 2015

Today’s Reflection Listen to the voice of the rainbow,bend to morning sounds of the dewhear the gentle tones of the flowers,their songs they will sing to you. For you were created for hearingtheir lyrics more lucent than speechthat come to you through the silenceto comfort, inspire, teach. – Gerrie L. Grimsley and Jane J. Young […]

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Loving Away Our Fear

July 23, 2015

Today’s Reflection LISTENING FOR THE VOICE of God who is Love helps us defeat our fears. The Divine’s voice differs from the voice of our inner gremlin. We recognize God’s voice because it tells us we are loved and accepted as we are: trembling, anxious, and fearful creatures. God speaks as our Beloved, embracing us […]

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Why Should Children Learn About Stewardship?

July 22, 2015

Today’s Reflection YOU MAY HAVE questions as to why we should teach stewardship to children. These questions usually come from people who view stewardship as a means for raising the budget. Here are reasons you can give them: In today’s world children develop a sense of entitlement and dissatisfaction because of the materialistic messages that […]

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