Wade in the Water

April 26, 2015

Today’s Reflection

IT IS SAID that Harriet Tubman and slaves along the Underground Railroad sang “Wade in the Water” as a code to those on the run, advice to those escaping the horrors of slavery. Why wade in the water? Because it throws off the hounds hot at your heels?

Why wade in the water? Because it will bring you a kind of healing and freedom you have never known. …

So come to the cool waters and feel them ease over your ankles and legs. Step down and feel the depths surround you, cleanse you, carry you to freedom. Yes, let us wade in the water. …

Let us go down to the earth, down to the river, down to where all the things we use to drown our sorrows cannot reach us. …Let us bathe in the sunlight, in the moonlight, washing ourselves and each other clean. Let us throw off the hounds together and emerge from the waters changed.
—Lindsey Krinks

- Lindsey Krinks

Alive Now, March/April 2015

From “Wade in the Water” by Lindsey Krinks, originally posted on her blog, drybonesrattling.wordpress.com/2014/05. All rights reserved. Part of Lindsey’s blog post appeared in Alive Now, March/April 2015 Copyright © 2015 by The Upper Room. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.

Today’s Question

As you shower or bathe today, imagine God washing away your burdens. Share your thoughts.

Today’s Scripture

“For this reason the Father loves me, because I lay down my life in order to take it up again.”

John 10:17, NRSV

This Week: pray for someone facing health problems. 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: Anselm (April 21).

Lectionary Readings

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The Spirit Who Guides Us

April 25, 2015

Today’s Reflection

MAY THE GREAT, vulnerable, life-giving Spirit
guide your every coming and your every going,
that you may act justly,
love kindly,
and walk humbly
as God’s friend and companion
on this lovely, lively planet.
–Sam Hamilton-Poore

- Sam Hamilton-Poore
Earth Gospel

From page 188 of Earth Gospel: A Guide to Prayer for God’s Creation by Sam Hamilton-Poore. Copyright © 2008 by Sam Hamilton-Poore. 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 blessing during your devotional time. Share your thoughts.

Today’s Scripture

“I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.”

John 10:11, NRSV

This Week: pray for someone facing health problems. 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: Anselm (April 21).

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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God’s Promises

April 24, 2015

Today’s Reflection IT MATTERS NOT whether you believe in life after death or resurrection or pie in the sky when you die. God’s designs do not depend upon your assent. Rather, you can depend upon God’s ability to bring to pass those things regarding which God has spoken. The awesome promises of God depend upon […]

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A Ritual of Forgiveness

April 23, 2015

Today’s Reflection WHEN A PERSON OF FAITH is in a difficult forgiveness process, he or she almost certainly will need pastoral help. A personal liturgy of declaring forgiveness at the appropriate time and after much inner work can be a great blessing. The person or institution being forgiven is usually present only symbolically. One woman […]

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Resurrection Hope

April 22, 2015

Today’s Reflection IN THE RESURRECTION, God in Christ has given second wind to prayers that have not gone answered as we hoped and to those who have not been healed as we sought—and to a realm that, while long deferred, will bring holy purposes to chosen fulfillment. – John Indermark Gospeled Lives From page 73 […]

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Friends in Faith

April 21, 2015

Today’s Reflection JOB DOES EVERYTHING RIGHT, and then he is nailed. Everything he loves is taken away from him. Sometimes a person will come into my office expressing bewilderment: despite doing everything right, he or she has been overwhelmed in some way—an unforeseen event, a health crisis, a disappointment. Deeply faithful, deeply troubled. We want […]

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Limp of the Living

April 20, 2015

Today’s Reflection NOT LONG AGO I WALKED AWAY from a well-regarded institution that others had promised would be my path to vocational success. Instead, it shattered my soul under the weight of its shadows, and I am left wondering who I am. Like a child writhing in the necessary pains of a developing body, night […]

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To Be a Witness

April 19, 2015

Today’s Reflection GROWING UP, I assumed Jesus’ call to share the gospel meant I would travel across the ocean to a secluded village on the fringes of contemporary society. I figured I would have had extensive language training and given up my creature comforts. I watched in admiration – and perhaps envy – when I […]

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Transforming Resurrection Power

April 18, 2015

Today’s Reflection ALMIGHTY GOD, you who have sent Jesus into the world to suffer, die, and rise again for our sake,help us to experience your transforming resurrection powerwithin our lives and ministry.We offer our prayers in the name and spiritof Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen. – A Guide to Prayer for Ministers and Other Servants […]

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Offspring

April 17, 2015

Today’s Reflection TREES DON’T SEEM TO HAVE TROUBLEwith their little seedlings,nor have I seen one worryabout their grown offspring either.How can a sweetgum make a mistakeor a hemlock speak a wounding wordthat might wither its childrendown to the roots? As for me,it’s not so easy being a parent.The hard part is where I get officious […]

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