Interruptions

August 23, 2014

Today’s Reflection

TODAY WILL HOLD INTERRUPTIONS. We can count on it. Let’s ask God to give us eyes to see these interruptions as opportunities the way Jesus did.

The diversion could be an opportunity to stop and be present with someone else. The unwelcome intrusion might be an opening to experience life rather than rush through it. The interruption may be a chance to hear from God.

PRAYER
God, remind us today that you are present with us. When we are interrupted, help us to see how you are working and how you might use us to show your love and light. Amen.

- Jacob Armstrong

Interruptions

From page 14 of Interruptions: A 40-Day Journey with Jesus by Jacob Armstrong. Copyright © 2014 by Jacob Armstrong. 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 the prayer at the end of today’s excerpt. Share your thoughts.

Today’s Scripture

He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?”

Matthew 16:15, NRSV

This Week: pray for families in transition. Submit your prayer to The Upper Room Living Prayer Center or share it in the comment section below.

Did You Know?

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Saints, Inc.:

This week we remember:  
Victoria Rasoamanarivo
(August 21).

Lectionary Readings

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Make Me Worthy, Lord

August 22, 2014

Today’s Reflection

Make me worthy, Lord, to serve you and all the world’s people who live and die in loneliness, hunger, poverty, and sickness. Give them through my hands this day their daily bread, and by my love, give them peace and joy.

–Rueben P. Job & Norman Shawchuck
A Guide to Prayer for All Who Seek God

- Rueben P. Job and Norman Shawchuck

A Guide to Prayer for All Who Seek God

From page 48 of A Guide to Prayer for All Who Seek God, by Rueben P. Job and Norman Shawchuck. Copyright © 2003 by the authors. 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 prayer. Share your thoughts.

Today’s Scripture

I appeal to you therefore, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.

Romans 12:1, NRSV

This Week: pray for families in transition. 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:  
Victoria Rasoamanarivo
(August 21).

Lectionary Readings

(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)

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Seeking God’s Guidance

August 21, 2014

Today’s Reflection THE NEXT TIME you face a challenge or difficult decision for which you seek God’s guidance, try this. Every morning get up 20 or 30 minutes earlier than normal. Go to a quiet place where you can be alone. Light a candle. Quiet yourself before God for a few minutes and then thank […]

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Bread of Life

August 20, 2014

Today’s Reflection GRACIOUS LORD, you are the Bread of Life, who provides for all my needs and satisfies the deepest longing of my heart; graft me into the very center of your great tree of life; feed me, nourish me, and care for me like a tender vine that I might grow into Christ in […]

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Prayer and God’s Will

August 19, 2014

Today’s Reflection PRAYING TO KNOW God’s will is a step-by-step, little-by-little experience. It is an experience in which God is the giver, and we are the receivers. Praying to know God’s will requires listening, putting ourselves into the position of receptivity, and then taking the next few steps in relation to what we have seen […]

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The Best Is Yet To Be

August 18, 2014

Today’s Reflection GOD OF OUR DELIVERANCE, you save us from ourselves and our selfish preoccupations. When we feel trapped, it may well be the dawn of a better day. Give us faith to believe that “the best is yet to be.” Amen. – Richard Morgan Settling In From page 72 of Settling In: My First […]

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Fuel for Faith

August 17, 2014

Today’s Reflection LACK OF SUBSTANCE threatens faith. … When we are spiritually malnourished, we are more likely to fuel our faith with gasoline than with God. The growth of spiritual renewal movements like Walk to Emmaus and Cursillo testifies to our desire to catch fire, but whether or not we have adequate fuel to keep […]

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A Prayer for Discernment

August 16, 2014

Today’s Reflection AMIDST “THE FOREST of my own wanderings” I see the path that has brought me here – beautiful, manicured, and solid. I have walked with giants and saints who have inspired me to seek more. I stand in a clearing now as if at the heart of God. I bask in the holy […]

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Formed into the Image of Christ

August 15, 2014

Today’s Reflection DISCIPLESHIP IS primarily formative, not informative: we are being formed into the image of Christ, not receiving a pile of information like a textbook. Formation is the content of faith. It encompasses more than just what happens in Sunday school or confirmation class but includes every aspect of the Christian life, from worship […]

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God Wants Us Found

August 14, 2014

Today’s Reflection EVEN WHEN WE ARE LOST, God knows where we are. God wants us to be found. Sometimes, for instance, when we do something that hurts another person, we feel lost. But if we say we’re sorry to that person and then ask God for forgiveness, God is ready to find us. Are we […]

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