Peace Be With You

April 1, 2013

Today’s Reflection

JESUS SPENT forty days on earth after his resurrection and before his ascension back to heaven to demonstrate that he truly had risen.

Jesus speaks peace to these terrified disciples, and he speaks peace to us today. Moreover, he doesn’t just describe peace; he bestows it. Yes, they face and we face real problems. We are not to deny them. But Jesus says, “Trust me.” Sometimes Jesus takes our problems away in an incredible fashion. Other times he gives us wisdom and strength to deal with those problems. On still other occasions he does neither but walks with us as we go through a tough time. …

Lord Jesus, thank you that believing in your resurrection is not wishful thinking. Amen.

- The Upper Room Disciplines 2012

From “Because Jesus Rose” by Mark A. Pearson, readings for April 9-15, page 112 in The Upper Room Disciplines 2012: A Book of Daily Devotions. Copyright © 2011 by Upper Room Books. All rights reserved. Used by permission.
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Today’s Question

Pray the prayer at the end of today’s reflection. Share your thoughts.

Today’s Scripture

25:6 On this mountain the LORD of hosts will make for all peoples a feast of rich food, a feast of well-aged wines, of rich food filled with marrow, of well-aged wines strained clear.

Isaiah 25:6, NRSV

This Week: pray those who new believers. 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
Martin Luther King Jr.
(April 4).

Lectionary Readings

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robert moeller April 1, 2013 at 7:47 am

From Easter morning we catch the first glimpses of the reality of Christ’s resurrection and of course that is the most important moment, but that Jesus was on earth for 40 days after this needs to be told more boldly and often. Even the disciples had a hard time to grasp that Jesus rose from the dead. Jesus made sure that there were many witnesses so they could proclaim the good news. Lord Jesus, thank you that believing in your resurrection is not wishful thinking. Amen.

Lord there are all sorts of us, those too busy to pray, those who are searching for you, those who are new in the faith, those who grew up in church and have left, and those who do not believe at all. Only You are able to resolve all of these situations, I pray that I may be an instrument of Your love, in Your name I pray, Amen.

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Gary April 1, 2013 at 10:26 am

I agree with Robert. Eastertide deserves to receive much more attention than it does. It seems to me the way the Church Calendar is observed today, nothing happens between Easter and Pentecost. We know that’s not true. This is the time of the “born again” Christ. Eastertide potentially offers a lot for us to learn about transforming the whole world for our Risen Savior.

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Mary Ng Shwu Ling May 12, 2013 at 9:02 pm

Father God, thank you for strength and grace when we face trials in life.

I pray for new believers to shine brightly for you so that their families and friends will believe in you too.

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