Today’s Reflection

WHY IS LISTENING so important? Listening speaks one of our deepest needs: to be understood or to feel understood. Yes, we might like people to agree with us, take our side, but it is a great gift when we feel that the person understands us, even if the person does not agree with us. It shows the person cares. It develops trust. It connects us.

- Alive Now

From “Listening” by Thomas Porter, on the Alive Now blog for December 31, 2012. Copyright © 2012 by The Upper Room. All rights reserved. Used by permission. http://alivenow.upperroom.org/2012/12/31/listening/ http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.

Today’s Question

What are the attributes of a good listener? Share your thoughts.

Today’s Scripture

The heavens are telling the glory of God; and the firmament proclaims his handiwork.

Psalm 19:1, NRSV

This Week: pray for single parents. 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: Katherine Drexel (March 3).

Lectionary Readings

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A Holy Lent

March 3, 2015

Today’s Reflection

LENT SERVES AS OUR ANNUAL INVITATION to come closer to God. It provides a time to look at our lives and ourselves, not so that we may criticize ourselves more harshly but so we can identify the obstructions that keep us from God.

What keeps us from feeling the presence of the divine in our every day? How do we hide from God, and why?

Lent gives us a chance to look at such obstructions and to move them gently away so that we can come closer to the Love that gives us life, the Love whose triumph we will celebrate on Easter morning.

- Sarah Parsons
A Clearing Season: Reflections for Lent

“From page 8 of A Clearing Season: Reflections for
Lent
by Sarah Parsons. Copyright © 2005 by Sarah Parsons. All
rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books.” http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.

Today’s Question

What keeps us from feeling the presence of the divine in our every day? Share your thoughts.

Today’s Scripture

Remember the sabbath day, and keep it holy.

Exodus 20:8, NRSV

This Week: pray for single parents. 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: Katherine Drexel (March 3).

Lectionary Readings

(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)

Sponsored by Upper Room Ministries ®. Copyright © 2015, a ministry of GBOD | PO Box 340004 | Nashville, TN 37203-0004 | USA

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Bottoms: When They Fall Out

March 2, 2015

Today’s Reflection WHEN PERSONS COME FORWARD to receive Holy Communion, I look into their eyes to see if they understand Easter as resurrection. A slight smile, a knowing glance, or a moist eye hints that they get it. I feel that until the bottom gets knocked out of our lives, it is difficult for us […]

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Loving Self

March 1, 2015

Today’s Reflection HOW DO YOU love yourself in small ways taking time out from rushing for tea a good book walk outside a day of nothing in large ways retreat until you feel the solidness of how you stand until joy and laughter bubble up in the spaces of your days love yourself oh yes […]

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Believe into Jesus

February 28, 2015

Today’s Reflection WHAT DOES IT MEAN to believe in Jesus? Reverend Tim Keller, pastor of New York City’s Redeemer Presbyterian Church, gave an intriguing sermon titled “John Meets Jesus” (4/17/97), in which he noted that whenever we read the phrase “belief in Jesus” in John’s Gospel, the original Greek (which always uses the preposition “eis”) […]

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Humility

February 27, 2015

Today’s Reflection HUMILITY IS SELF-ABNEGATION but not self-defamation. Paradoxically, by accepting ourselves as God’s creature and therefore as a companion creature with others, we also claim our dignity as persons created for communion with God and others. Being humble is not being ashamed; it is being fully aware — aware of the difference between God […]

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Making a Space for God

February 26, 2015

Today’s Reflection IF WE PICTURE all the obstructions between us and God as a wilderness, Lent presents us with time to clear and cultivate a part of that wilderness, to create an open space in it. In this newly opened space, we may live more freely and commune more closely with the divine. We can […]

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A Thirst for God

February 25, 2015

Today’s Reflection “http://daily.upperroom.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/UR9997_AwkwardSeason190.jpg”/> SOMETIMES, O GOD, my thirst for you is pushed aside, ignored, or simply quenched by something other – something reasonable, something more popular – than you. But you never go away, never stop, never leave the depths of me. Like an underground spring, you are fresh and free, breaking through. Help me […]

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Love Is Our Lord’s Meaning

February 24, 2015

Today’s Reflection LOVE IS OUR LORD’S MEANING, I saw most surely in this and in all that our God made that God loved us, and this love never was satisfied and never will be. All God’s works have been done in this love, and in this love God has made everything that is for our […]

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Overcoming Distractions

February 23, 2015

Today’s Reflection SILENT PRAYER will help you to focus clearly on God. The constant stream of thoughts that run through your mind is like [trying to herd a] hundred cats [up a hill]. At first you go chasing after them, lost in the intrigue of where they go and whether you can catch them. But […]

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