All Things Come and Go

March 27, 2015

Today’s Reflection

WE ARE PART of a larger reality, a vast, vibrant community of meadow and mountain, water and sky, a great rush of life rich with possibility but also bounded by necessity. All things come and go. Whether this be a formula for weary resignation or for tranquil acceptance of the inevitable, the most we can hope for is that all things come and all things go over and over again.

-Weavings, Nov/Dec/January 2014

From the writings of John S. Mogabgab previously published in ; this excerpt was written in 2009. “Wisdom from John,” page 14 in , November/December/January 2014–2015. Copyright © 2014 by The Upper Room. All rights reserved. Used by permission. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.

Today’s Question

Is there something in your life that you’re holding onto that is no longer there? Share your thoughts.

Today’s Scripture

But Jesus said, “Let her alone; why do you trouble her? She has performed a good service for me. For you always have the poor with you, and you can show kindness to them whenever you wish; but you will not always have me.

Philippians Mark 14:4-7, NRSV

This Week: pray to view others the way God does. 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: Margaret Clitherow (March 25).

Lectionary Readings

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Examples of Grace

March 26, 2015

Today’s Reflection

O GOD, GROWING OLD makes me unsettled and takes me away from the familiar.
Once I had a career, a family to raise, a home to maintain.
But now it feels as though my work is done.
My purpose is little more than a vapor — a thin, elusive trail of smoke that quickly vanishes into nothingness.
Lord, is it wrong that I still yearn to be needed?
To know that I matter to someone? To know others value my life lessons?
I bristle when younger people talk to me as if I am a child. How easily they forget that my life experiences far outnumber theirs.
Still I confess sometimes I impose my advice with little regard for their feelings.
Forgive me, Lord. Remove the self-pity from my heart.
When I feel left out because I can’t keep up with the pace of change, may I take refuge in your steadfast love.
Remind me that you give me purpose as long as I have breath.
Show me how to use these late years to influence others without lecture or judgmental comments.
Flood my heart with grace so that I become an example to others of how to age well.

- Missy Buchanan

Voices of Aging

“From page 41 of Voices of Aging: Adult Children and Aging Parents Talk with God by Missy Buchanan. Copyright © 2015 by Missy Buchanan. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books.
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Today’s Question

Pray today’s pray for yourself or for someone you know. Share your thoughts.

Today’s Scripture

Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God as something to be exploited, but emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, being born in human likeness. And being found in human form, he humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death– even death on a cross.

Philippians 2:6-8, NRSV

This Week: pray to view others the way God does. 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: Margaret Clitherow (March 25).

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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Life As Beloved Children of God

March 25, 2015

Today’s Reflection JESUS COMES to proclaim that we are God’s beloved children, that what the government says we are doesn’t matter, that what the powers and principalities want us to believe doesn’t matter, that our brokenness doesn’t matter. We are God’s beloved children, and this is what matter. We are commended to live as if […]

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Born “Anothen”

March 24, 2015

Today’s Reflection JESUS SAYS TO NICODEMUS — not to an atheist, not to an unbeliever, not to a skeptic or a pagan but to a faithful Pharisee, to a ruler of the Jews, to a teacher of Israel — unless you are born again, you will not see the kingdom of God. This text has […]

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Letting Go of Anger

March 23, 2015

Today’s Reflection AT CERTAIN MOMENTS I feel angry with God because God has allowed bad things to happen. Since God is all-powerful and loving, I don’t understand why divine intervention cannot prevent tragedy. Can I forgive God? At a seminar with Father Thomas Keating, that question hit me forcefully. I resisted thinking about it, because […]

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Even When

March 22, 2015

Today’s Reflection EVEN WHEN I pray and heaven is silent, I will trust God. Even when torturing pain keeps my eyes from sleep, I will trust God. Even when the future looks dark and fears threaten my peace, I will trust God. God is my refuge, a shelter a cleft in the rock where I […]

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God, Fill Us With Knowing

March 21, 2015

Today’s Reflection THIS ANCIENT HEBREW PRAYER invites us to see God’s work and celebrate it:Days pass and years vanish, we walk sightless among miracles.God, fill our eyes with seeing and our minds with knowing.Let there be moments when your presence, like lightning, illumines the darkness in which we walk.Help us to see wherever we gaze […]

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God’s Care and Protection

March 20, 2015

Today’s Reflection JESUS SAID, “I AM THE VINE.” He talks [in John 10:1-18] about how the sheep know the shepherd and the shepherd knows and cares for the sheep. We might not really understand that, but we can think of the way a loving parent cares for a child or the way you might take […]

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God Gives Us Spacious Intimacy

March 19, 2015

Today’s Reflection GOD’S RELATIONSHIP WITH EACH OF US gives a remarkable model of spacious intimacy. Have you ever noticed that God is seldom pushy? I cannot speak for you, but I have never experienced the divine presence forcing itself on me. Nor have I ever known God to coerce or pressure me into a particular […]

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Christ Is With You

March 18, 2015

Today’s Reflection IMAGINE JESUS HAS SAID he would join you for an hour this day. Where would you most like Christ to be with you? What would you like to be able to do? How might Christ’s presence change something you do today? Go ahead and make that change. Christ is with you. – John […]

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