Holy Tears

August 28, 2015

Today’s Reflection

WHY SHOULD WE WEEP with those who weep? Because Jesus showed God’s love for us by weeping with us in our weeping and dying with us in our dying. Such weeping is not a mistake, or a reason for embarrassment — it is instead one of the most important spiritual resources available to us. We are not in control in such traumatic circumstances. I think we often go to great extents in our minds and our emotions to try to rationalize our lack of control. We are not in control of the reality of which we are a small part, and our powerlessness leads us to tears.

In crying, we acknowledge our lack of control, our inability to have things the way we want them. In crying, we are not failing to be strong; we are being strong enough to acknowledge our weakness, our humanness. A friend once said that tears in such a situation are really a form of prayer to God, a confession of our limitedness, our humanity. I think that statement contains great truth. In such situations, tears are the bodily expression of humility. Tears are our humble acknowledgment that while we are beings created by God in God’s image, we are not God. When we cry those kind of tears we are being real, and being real is a necessary step toward the threshold of real holiness. That threshold is humility.

– Gregory S. Clapper
When the World Breaks Your Heart

From page 40 of When the World Breaks Your Heart: Spiritual Ways of Living with Tragedy by Gregory S. Clapper. Copyright © 1999 by Gregory S. Clapper. 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 you have cried with someone else. Give thanks for this holy moment. Share your thoughts.

Today’s Scripture

1:21 Therefore rid yourselves of all sordidness and rank growth of wickedness, and welcome with meekness the implanted word that has the power to save your souls.

James 1:21, NRSV

This Week: pray for someone facing surgery. 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: Rose of Lima (August 23).

Lectionary Readings

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Do One Thing at a Time

August 27, 2015

Today’s Reflection

TYPICALLY IN OUR SOCIETY, we believe that time must be filled with as many activities as possible. We eat dinner while we watch television. We read a book while we ride a bus. We talk on the phone while we fold the laundry. On a lovely morning, we’ll decide to sit on the deck and enjoy a cup of coffee, but we also take the radio, the television, a book, the newspaper, a laptop computer, some handwork, or the telephone. Or we might plan to catch up on bill paying, correspondence, mending, or the grocery list.

If we take only a cup of coffee, what happens? We find other things to do. We see the roses need pruning or the lawn needs mowing or the trash needs to be picked up. So we rush for our pruning shears, lawn mower, or trash can. The moment and the morning are lost.

Is it possible to do just one thing at a time? Try it for yourself. Take that cup of coffee and sit in a lawn chair. Taste the coffee — really taste it. When was the last time you really tasted something for itself? Now feel the lawn chair beneath you, the breeze on your face, the sun on your back. Hear the birds in the trees, the traffic on the road, and the children’s voices from the next yard. Savor the moment completely. Experience the joy of the now.

– Patricia Wilson.
When You Come Unglued . . . Stick Close to God

From page 78 of When You Come Unglued . . . Stick Close to God by Patricia Wilson. Copyright © 2007 by Patricia Wilson. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.

Today’s Question

Spend at least ten minutes today experiencing the joy of the now. Share your thoughts.

Today’s Scripture

Every generous act of giving, with every perfect gift, is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.

James 1:17, NRSV

This Week: pray for someone facing surgery. 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: Rose of Lima (August 23).

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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Praying about Our Work

August 26, 2015

Today’s Reflection THE AVERAGE YOUNG person or adult spends at least half of his or her time in some form of work or serious activity. It is only fitting that this should become the subject of our prayers. Not in order to “succeed” in the world’s eyes, or to make more money, but to be […]

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Forgiveness As a Spiral

August 25, 2015

Today’s Reflection YEARS AGO, I heard a sermon about Jesus’ prayer from the cross, “Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing” (Luke 23:34). The speaker said that people often don’t realize that what they do hurts us or how those hurts affect us. He asked us to think about the […]

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Honest Conversations

August 24, 2015

Today’s Reflection OFTEN, WE WITHHOLD our deepest needs from another, secretly hoping those needs will be noticed without being spoken. For example, instead of stating her desire to go out to dinner, a woman says to her husband, “Have you ever noticed how Jim and Frances go out to dinner every week?” Or, when you […]

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Medicine Bottles

August 23, 2015

Today’s Reflection

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“Kitchen Table” Friends

August 22, 2015

Today’s Reflection ONE SUNDAY EVENING friends called to ask if they might come over for a few minutes. They didn’t need to discuss anything in particular. They just wanted to check on how Janene and I were getting along. “Of course,” I said, “we would be happy to see you.” After a short while the […]

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Surprise Me Today

August 21, 2015

Today’s Reflection I like surprises that make me smile inside —out-of-the-blue moments that give a boost to dry routine.Like a sudden burst of warm sunshine on a blustery afternoon,an unexpected hug from a giggling toddler,or an old friend standing at my door with a loaf of warm bread and two plates.Simple blessings that lift me […]

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Prayer Beads

August 20, 2015

Today’s Reflection PRAYER BEADS are a tool for prayer. Just as a hammer and nails help us construct a house, so prayer beads help us construct a life of connection with God. The beads are not the end; they are the means to an end, which is communion with God. I want to emphasize that […]

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The Scope of Love

August 19, 2015

Today’s Reflection THROUGH YOU I glimpse the scope of Love:present from the beginning of time,manifest in humankindconstant, sure, when cursed, reviled,forgiving, still, when crucified,and leaving me with no excuseto say I’m only humanno reason to refuse the cupor bread of life I’m given. – Gerrie L. Grimsely and Jane J. YoungContemplative by Design From page […]

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