God’s Blessed Presence

March 9, 2013

Today’s Reflection

GRACIOUS LORD, where can I go from your Spirit or flee from your presence, for you are everywhere? Help me to receive this word not as a curse but as an amazing blessing, for you promise to lead me by your hand and hold me in your arms as your beloved child. Amen.

- Paul Wesley Chilcote. Copyright
A Life-Shaping Prayer

From page 115 of A Life-Shaping Prayer: 52 Meditations in the Wesleyan Spirit by Paul Wesley Chilcote. Copyright © 2008 by Paul Wesley Chilcote. 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 today’s prayer. Share your thoughts.

Today’s Scripture

Then the son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you; I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’

Luke 15:21, NRSV

This Week: pray those who are too busy to pray. 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 John Wesley (March 3).

Lectionary Readings

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Jill March 9, 2013 at 4:22 am

Once we realize that this is indeed a blessing – His constant presence – we will be in step with Him.

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robert moeller March 9, 2013 at 4:49 am

While I’ve never read these words as a curse, sometimes it was a little uncomfortable, but now it certainly is a blessing to know that our creator who loves us more than we can ever imagine, is with us every step of the way.
Lord, in this season of Lent where reflection and repentance are emphasized, may those who find it hard to to find time to pray change their ways. You love us and want a relationship with each and every one of us, why would we turn away? Lord change their hearts, help them acknowledge you and come to you for you are the one who gives us life and Jesus enables us to live life more abundantly. Amen.

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