The Heart of Christ

November 30, 2012

Today’s Reflection

HELP ME, dear God,
to see my brother with the eyes of Christ,
to hear my sister with the ears of Christ,
to taste my neighbor’s hunger with the mouth of Christ,
to smell creation’s beauty with the nose of Christ,
to touch the world’s pain with the hands of Christ
and to love life, each life, every life,
with the heart of Christ.

- Sam Hamilton-Poore
Earth Gospel: A Guide to Prayer for God’s Creation

From page 79, Earth Gospel: A Guide to Prayer for God’s Creation. Copyright © 2008 by Sam Hamilton-Poore. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.

Today’s Question

What opportunities have you had to reflect the nature of Christ? Share your thoughts.

Today’s Scripture

How can we thank God enough for you in return for all the joy that we feel before our God because of you?

1 Thessalonians 3:9, NRSV

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

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Saints, Inc.:

This week we remember Sister Dorothy Kazel (November 12).

Lectionary Readings

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Jill November 30, 2012 at 3:45 am

Opportunities abound at school. Sometimes they seem to abound so much that I am overwhelmed. Overwhelmed by the needs of the kids, financial, emotional, physical, not to mention their learning needs. I am finding that more and more often I just need to step back and exist in the reserve of God’s peace and trust that He will show me where to exert more effort – that He will supply me with.

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robert moeller November 30, 2012 at 5:04 am

Jill, I think God has supplied you with an excellent approach to the situation. The situation in inner city schools is extremely demanding and the kids and their families have so many needs. Teach in God’s peace.

These days the people closest to me are the one who God guides me to help. Mom at 94 with mild dementia, Erich trying to complete his education, Jenny about to have a baby, and Anneliese enduring the pain of osteoarthritis, recent surgeries, and the prospect of at least two more. Then there’s my new church and my sponsored child in Peru.

Lord may we forgive others as you have forgiven us. We pray this in the prayer you taught us, may we do what it says and not just be people of words without action. In your name I pray. Amen

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Buzz November 30, 2012 at 8:45 am

My public prayer life is where I am most valuable to God. It’s the ministry God has created for me. I also shine God”s light in the world with my presence much of the time. This light gives people a brief respit in their day.

For both these ministries I thank You God. And, I give You praise for the chances You have given me to shine Your light into a dark world. Amen.

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Jay November 30, 2012 at 9:00 am

I am blessed to have the opportunity to coach young men each year in a church basketball league. It’s my favorite time of the year and a chance to learn and to teach the power of our Savior. Thank you Lord for this time. Please guide me and give me wisdom so that I continue to be come a better vehicle for your message.

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Michael Ulmen November 30, 2012 at 5:14 pm

Some of us are the only experience that someone will ever have to feel the Love of Christ. Let’s make sure we are living in the Spirit of GOD, and Jesus so that no-one will ever be left out of Heaven!

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