Today’s Reflection

1. Be a helper. If you hear of disasters or troubles, especially near where you live, pray about the situation. Ask God for ideas for helping. Maybe you can collect food, water, or clothing for victims. Maybe you can help collect funds in your neighborhood or church.

2. Be an encourager. When you see someone who feels sad, lonely, or discouraged, look for ways to encourage. Make a card or write a hopeful note, e-mail, or text. Offer kind words. Smile and say “hi.”

3. Be faithful. Be ready to share your faith and to tell others how trusting God has brought you hope. …

4. Be a pray-er. Pray for people who are suffering or in trouble. Keep a list of prayer needs for others and pray daily. Invite friends and family members to pray with you.

5. Be aware. Always be ready to listen if someone needs to talk about feeling discouraged. Be ready to spend time with someone who needs hope. Find ways to help, but also be ready to suggest a trusted adult or a counselor who can offer help and hope.

Pockets, April 2015

“5 Ways to Spread Hope” by Karen M. Leet, page 7 in Pockets, the magazine for kids who love God, April 2015. Copyright © 2014 by The Upper Room. All rights reserved. Used by permission.
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Today’s Question

Which of these five ways to spread hope speaks strongly to you? Share your thoughts.

Today’s Scripture

29:1 Ascribe to the LORD, O heavenly beings, ascribe to the LORD glory and strength.

Psalm 29:1, NRSV

This Week: pray for graduating seniors. 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: Augustine of Canterbury (May 27).

Lectionary Readings

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Today’s Reflection

SOME PEOPLE BELIEVE that life peaks at some point and has an upward and downward slope on either side. The peak for some people comes in midlife and from that moment on, their life goes downhill. However, the psalmist contends that people will flourish and maintain vitality in old age: “they will still bear fruit.” Growing older offers new adventures and opportunities that can transform our lives.

Life has its peaks and valleys at any age. Far too many people develop tunnel vision about growing older. They envision the later years as dealing with health issues and letting go of physical life. They miss the truth that this stage can open onto a broader and wider world where the soul finds its fullness. Even in old age, life can be lived full of genuine joy and new discoveries. Martin Buber wrote the following: “To be old is a glorious thing when one has not unlearned what it means to begin.”

– Jane Marie Thibault and Richard L. Morgan
Pilgrimage into the Last Third of Life

From page 27 of Pilgrimage into the Last Third of Life: 7 Gateways to Spiritual Growth by Jane Marie Thibault and Richard L. Morgan. Copyright © 2012 by Jane Marie Thibault and Richard L. Morgan. 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, write, or converse with someone who is older. Share your thoughts.

Today’s Scripture

Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I; send me!”

Isaiah 6:8, NRSV

This Week: pray for graduating seniors. 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: Augustine of Canterbury (May 27).

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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