Listening With the Heart

September 20, 2014

Today’s Reflection

TO LISTEN TO SOMEONE with the heart is to listen with empathy and with care to them and their stories. The heart of good listening is authenticity, genuine curiosity and caring. No matter how good our technique is, the other person will know if we do not really care about what they are saying. Listening is not about judging, diagnosing, appraising, or evaluating. … Listening with the heart is also about hearing the feelings and emotions that lie beneath the words.

- Thomas Porter Jr.

The Spirit and Art of Conflict Transformation

From page 42 of The Spirit and Art of Conflict Transformation: Creating a Culture of JustPeace, Copyright © 2010 by Thomas Porter Jr. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.

Today’s Question

Think of a time when someone has listened to you with his or her heart. Share your thoughts.

Today’s Scripture

“For the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire laborers for his vineyard.”

Matthew 20:1, 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

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September 19, 2014

Today’s Reflection

ROOTED AND GROUNDED in the Creator’s love,
entwined in Christ’s own life,
may you hear the song of the Spirit today
in trees and grass, in forest and field,
and in the tender stretching of your own heart.

- Sam Hamilton-Poore
Earth Gospel: A Guide to Prayer for God’s Creation

From page 150 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

Repeat this blessing for yourself today. Look for signs of God’s presence around you. Share your thoughts.

Today’s Scripture

For God has graciously granted you the privilege not only of believing in Christ, but of suffering for him as well–since you are having the same struggle that you saw I had and now hear that I still have.

Philippians 1:29-30, 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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Praying for Others

September 18, 2014

Today’s Reflection FOR MANY PERSONS it is a fact that they can pray for others at times when they cannot pray for themselves. Charles Péguy has put into his great poem, The Mystery of the Charity of Joan of Arc, a passionate cry of horror at the thought of being saved alone: There is a […]

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The Sacred Intersection

September 17, 2014

Today’s Reflection IT’S EASY TO MAKE a narcissistic career out of spiritual growth. After all, theology is fascinating. Kindred spirits are usually wonderful folks to be with; retreats are relaxing; books are compelling. However, the beautiful process of spiritual growth moves in a cycle of blessing that doesn’t stop with me, mine, and my development. […]

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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 placesthat the undeniable sense of holy-overwhelming arrests my attention. I find God in the unexpected,the unexpected timeswhen I would ratherwallow around in the muddle of my mindand rehash […]

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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 […]

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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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