A Lifetime of Living in God

February 12, 2013

Today’s Reflection

AGING CAN BRING both physical and emotional isolation as one grieves a variety of losses. Sometimes elders feel alone and disconnected from God’s abiding presence. The spiritual disciplines allow elders to grow near to God, to one another, and to themselves. …

Active, able elders need to have a sense of purpose. Elders with physical and cognitive limitations also need a reason for living and loving. People in their later years often ask the question What use am I? In God we have a purpose. Christians are called to “love the Lord with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself” (Luke 10:27). This call never ceases; it represents a lifetime of living in God.

- Dwight H. Judy
Quiet Pentecost

From page 77 of A Quiet Pentecost: Inviting the Spirit into Congregational Life by Dwight H. Judy. Copyright © 2013 by Dwight H. Judy. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.

Today’s Question

Which spiritual disciplines are helping you grow in love of God and neighbor? Share your thoughts.

Today’s Scripture

You who live in the shelter of the Most High, who abide in the shadow of the Almighty, will say to the LORD, “My refuge and my fortress; my God, in whom I trust.”
Psalm 91:1-2, NRSV

This Week: pray for those who are lonely. 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 Valentine (February 14).

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Jill February 12, 2013 at 3:37 am

Being more mindful about seeking peace. It needs to be intentional on my part. Love flows and grows where there is peace.

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heidi February 12, 2013 at 5:24 am

A most timely prompt for prayer in light of Monday’s announcement of Pope Benedict’s resignation. No matter how one feels about the Catholic church, this time of uncertainty and change serves as a call to prayer for all Christians. May we all be reminded that the God we serve, the church to which we all belong is ageless, timeless and eternal. And as he resigns, may Pope Benedict XII find the peace of God in his heart and hear the gentle whisper we all long to hear: “Well done, good and faithful servant.” Amen

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robert moeller February 12, 2013 at 7:02 am

Lord, when the lonely acknowledge you their loneliness should fade away. You are with us always, in our getting up and our lying down, awake or asleep, at work or at leisure. Thank you Lord.

I pray too that the Holy Spirit guides the Pope and Roman Catholics. As Christians we all believe in the catholic or universal church and we want all believers to be sustained in their faith.

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Mary Ng Shwu Ling March 12, 2013 at 5:35 pm

One spiritual discipline that helps me to grow is fasting. This year, I am fasting from watching the television and using the time to intercede for my my parents, students, friends, colleagues, relatives, etc.

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