Holy Saturday

April 19, 2014

Today’s Reflection

TO PRAY FOR one another is to enter the dark not-knowing of Holy Saturday, suspended between the savagery and sorrow of the world and the undisclosed work of a hidden God. … We, in hope alive but besieged by the enormity of the world’s distress, release our prayer into the unseen flow of grace that courses through the interminable wait for God’s response. “How long, O Lord? Will you hide yourself forever?” (Ps. 89:46)
– John S. Mogabgab
Editor’s Introduction
Weavings July/August 2007

From pages 3-4 of Weavings: A Journal of the Christian Spiritual Life, July/August 2007. Copyright © 2007 by The Upper Room. All rights reserved. Used by permission of The Upper Room. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.

Today’s Question

Enter a time of prayer on behalf of another. Share your thoughts.

Today’s Scripture

And so, because it was the Jewish day of Preparation, and the tomb was nearby, they laid Jesus there.

John 19:42, NRSV

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This week we remember:  
Corrie Ten Boom (April 15).

Lectionary Readings

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God, Who Weeps with Us

April 18, 2014

Today’s Reflection

PAUL INTRODUCES US to a God who groans. We are tempted to think God is far away, aloof, distant. … [But] Jesus, who is the image of the invisible God, gives us a different picture. Jesus’ weeping with Mary and Martha as they grieve reminds us that God weeps too. When Jesus cries out, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” he reminds us that God enters into our pain and our forsakenness. Even beyond crucifixion, in his resurrection body in heaven, Jesus bears the scars. We worship a God who grieves, who weeps, who groans with us and all humanity.

- Trevor Hudson and Stephen D. Bryant

The Way of Transforming Discipleship

From page 48 of The Way of Transforming Discipleship by Trevor Hudson and Stephen D. Bryant. Copyright © 2005 by Upper Room Books. All rights reserved. Used by permission. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.

Today’s Question

Take a moment to reflect on the love Christ has for you. Share your thoughts.

Today’s Scripture

When Jesus had received the wine, he said, “It is finished.” Then he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.

John 19:30, NRSV

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

Did You Know?

Today, millions of people around the world are praying together. Thank you for joining us in prayer and supporting us with your gifts. Help us continue to share the Good News of God’s love with people everywhere.

Saints, Inc.:

This week we remember:  
Corrie Ten Boom (April 15).

Lectionary Readings

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The Grieving Christ

April 17, 2014

Today’s Reflection IT IS A STARK SCENE. Jesus praying in Gethsemane, saying, “My heart is ready to break with grief. …” Does this look like the picture of a saintly Jesus resting in the palm of God? Hardly. We see an agonizing, straining, and struggling Jesus. We see a “man of sorrows.” We see a […]

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Make Me New

April 16, 2014

Today’s Reflection O GOD, who makes all things new, new stars, new dust, new life; take my heart, every hardened edge and measured beat, and create something new in me. I need your newness, God, the rough parts of me me made smooth; the stagnant, stirred, the stuck, freed; the unkind, forgiven. And then, by […]

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The Mystery of Faith

April 15, 2014

Today’s Reflection WHEN JESUS SPOKE about a seed that is planted in the ground and then dies, he was referring primarily to his own death. He would pour out his life for others on the cross. At first, his death would look like a tragedy, but in the end it would be a triumph. It […]

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When Mary Poured a Rich Perfume

April 14, 2014

Today’s Reflection When Mary poured a rich perfume on Jesus’ weary feet,Her caring filled that humble room; the fragrance there was sweet.But full of anger, Judas said, “We could have used this more!Why was her gift not sold instead, and given to the poor?” The Lord replied, “Leave her alone! She bought it for this […]

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Palm Passion Sunday

April 13, 2014

Today’s Reflection TODAY IS PALM SUNDAY, and also Passion Sunday: today’s little parade is fanfare, prelude, signaling the arrival of the unholy circus we call Holy Week — whose climax is not three rings but three Roman crosses, stabbed in bloody relief against Jerusalem’s skyline, an eclipse of justice so cosmic as to be mirrored […]

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Praying with One Another

April 12, 2014

Today’s Reflection WHY DO SO MANY praying Christians feel as if their prayers “die at the ceiling” or echo in the dark? Perhaps something crucial is missing. I suggest that what’s missing is the sense and the experience of deep connection and real community: of spiritual intimacy not only with God but with other praying […]

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A Godly Hero

April 11, 2014

Today’s Reflection JESUS SHARES in our mortality and frailty. Jesus is the hero who proclaims that God’s kingdom stands in opposition to the power of the princes and on the side of the oppressed. He asserts God’s love, steadfastness, and goodness and holds the salvation and healing of the world dear. For Christians, only this […]

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Room for Grace

April 10, 2014

Today’s Reflection SPIRITUAL DISCIPLINES are not ways to prove our righteousness. They are a way of fostering trust in and receptivity to God. They make room for grace to operate in our lives. – Marjorie J. Thompson and Stephen D. Bryant Exploring the Way Leader’s Guide From page 48 of Exploring the Way, Leader’s Guide […]

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