For God’s Unfailing Grace

January 29, 2015

Today’s Reflection

GOD, WE GIVE YOU THANKS for the grace
that lies at the heart of our faith.
Even as we fall short in our response
to your love and your call, your grace still abounds.
We see your grace in the sunlight that warms the earth
and in the starts that light the sky.
We see it in the manger at Bethlehem
and in the cross of Calvary.
In your grace we find peace and healing
for troubled lives.
In your grace we see promise for justice and mercy in a troubled world.
As you envelop us, enliven us, and embrace us,
we celebrate you as the God of grace. Amen.

- Mary Lou Redding

Prayers for Life’s Ordinary and Extraordinary Moments

From Prayers for Life’s Ordinary and Extraordinary Moments, compiled and edited by Mary Lou Redding. Copyright © 2012 by Upper Room Books. All rights reserved. Used by permission. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.

Today’s Question

Pray today’s prayer. Share your thoughts.

Today’s Scripture

The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom; all those who practice it have a good understanding. His praise endures forever.

Psalm 111:10, NRSV

This Week: pray for those who are grieving. 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: Prudence Crandall (January 28).

Lectionary Readings

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Ministry As Trust

January 28, 2015

Today’s Reflection

ALL DISCIPLES OF JESUS are called to ministry. Ministry is not, first of all, something that we do (although it calls us to do many things). Ministry is something we have to trust.

If we know we are the beloved, and if we keep forgiving those with whom we form community and celebrate their gifts, we cannot do other than minister.

Jesus did not cure people by doing all sorts of complicated things. He did not say, “Let me talk to you for ten minutes, and maybe I can do something about this.” Rather, a power went out from his pure heart and people were cured.

Jesus wanted one thing – to do the will of God. He was the completely obedient one, the one who was always listening to God. Out of this listening came an intimacy with God that radiated out to everyone Jesus saw and touched.

Ministry means we have to trust that. We have to trust that if we are the son or daughter of God, power will go out from us and people will be healed.

- Henri J. M. Nouwen with John S. Mogabgab

A Spirituality of Living

“From A Spirituality of Living by Henri J. M. Nouwen with John S. Mogabgab. Copyright © 2011 The Henri Nouwen Legacy Trust. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books.” http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.

Today’s Question

Give more thought to the idea that ministry is trusting rather than doing. What does that mean to you? Share your thoughts.

Today’s Scripture

Praise the LORD! I will give thanks to the LORD with my whole heart, in the company of the upright, in the congregation.

Psalm 111:1, NRSV

This Week: pray for those who are grieving. 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: Prudence Crandall (January 28).

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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Nurture Imagination

January 27, 2015

Today’s Reflection ARTISTS AND OTHER SUPPOSEDLY IMAGINATIVE PEOPLE don’t have a corner on spiritual formation. Nor do children or even youth. All of us use our imaginations when it comes to faith, and all of us struggle to stay imaginatively healthy in this mostly neurotic, image-conscious culture. . . . Nurturing the imagination becomes a […]

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Rejoice in the Lord

January 26, 2015

Today’s Reflection LORD, I resolve to live more fully in 2015,each day brighter, more purposeful,full of faith and not of fear.Give me courage to accept life’s adventuresand faith to avoid second guesses.Grant me strength to say YESto the life you want me to live.Help me to hope in your promises.If you are with me, who […]

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Fix Me, Lord

January 25, 2015

Today’s Reflection AFTER I TOOK MY FIRST JOB at a church as an intern, my new boss, Gary, asked me to help finish the attic space in his new home. I was a nineteen-year-old college student, and he asked if I would have time to come and help lay the floor for his daughter’s new […]

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God Is in Control

January 24, 2015

Today’s Reflection SINCE CHILDHOOD our lives seem to be dominated by the assumption that “I am the center of the universe and everything and everyone should revolve around my wishes, my desires, my interests, and my needs.” We want to be in control or feel that we ought to be in control of everything that […]

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Compassionate Moments

January 23, 2015

Today’s Reflection WE ARE MOST FULLY HUMAN, most fully ourselves, when we see someone in the truth of his or her experience and are moved to respond with compassion and care. We glimpse a colleague smiling at his beloved’s photograph, and our smile in response offers respite for both of us from the whirlwind of […]

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Together in Christ

January 22, 2015

Today’s Reflection IF YOU WERE going to choose an adjective to describe the current ethos of our age and context, might individualistic be among your first choices? The word individualistic is more or less value-neutral. It is a good thing, psychologically, to be individuated, to be your own person. It is a good thing, spiritually, […]

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God of Compassion

January 21, 2015

Today’s Reflection THE IMAGE YOU HOLD of God can affect your desire to answer the call of God in your life. For example, if you feel God is to be feared, you are unlikely to enthusiastically seek a way to use the gifts God has bestowed on you. You will be too concerned about putting […]

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Life in the Spirit

January 20, 2015

Today’s Reflection THE SPIRITUAL LIFE does not begin with special knowledge and end in flight from the world. Simplicity locates the spiritual life where it belongs – in the ordinary events of daily life. The spiritual life leads to the very heart of the world.– – John S. Mogabgab Weavings, Nov/Dec/January 2014-2015 From Weavings: A […]

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