God’s Great Care for Us

April 29, 2013

Today’s Reflection

THE GOD OF LOVE and liberation remembers who we are and who we can be. This Divine Artist sees beneath the surface of our worst behavior the depths and heights of our actions, the light and shadow of our motivations, and the length and breadth of our capacity for compassion and love . . . .

On this day, if you and I will only listen to this amazing God, we will discover God’s great care for us. We are the flock of God’s own keeping. We are the creation of God’s own hand.

Come quietly into God’s presence. Envision the natural world through which we journey. Offer to God your own unique echo of the music of the seas and the weather; join in the celebration of the birds and the fields.

Raise your sights to the stars and the galaxies.

Just beneath the surface of our daily routine runs the living water of an everlasting spring. Strike it in faith. Drink deeply. Draw strength for today.

- Diane Luton Blum
The Upper Room Disciplines 1999

From page 73 of The Upper Room Disciplines 1999. Copyright © 1998 by The Upper Room. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book. Our join the conversation at http://books.upperroom.org/blog/.

Today’s Question

Help someone see their potential for spiritual growth. Share your thoughts.

Today’s Scripture

A certain woman named Lydia, a worshiper of God, was listening to us; she was from the city of Thyatira and a dealer in purple cloth. The Lord opened her heart to listen eagerly to what was said by Paul.
Acts 16:14, NRSV

This Week: pray those diagnosed with cancer. 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
James the Less.
(May 3).

Lectionary Readings

(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)

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robert moeller April 29, 2013 at 6:20 am

Anneliese and I both have family members and friends who we wish would have renewed faith in You, Lord. May we diligently continue to do what You would have us do to help them return to You.

Thank You, Lord, that many cancers are now curable. Still the word cancer gives an uncomfortable feeling. I pray for all with this disease that there will be a cure for them as well. I pray too for Your wisdom Lord that the medical community will find cures for cancer and ways to prevent it. In Jesus name I pray, Amen.

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Debbie April 29, 2013 at 8:04 am

Thanks for that special prayer. My 45 year old sister is going through chemo for ovarian cancer. I too, pray for the doctors, and for a cure.

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Jay April 29, 2013 at 8:43 am

Father, first I pray that you strengthen my resolve to grow my own spiritual maturity. Secondly, I pray for certainly family members that so desperately need to come to You will do so. Please use me if it is Your will to help them along this path. Amen

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Gary April 29, 2013 at 9:10 am

I worked for over 30 years as a spiritual therapist in the addiction rehabilitation/ recovery community. Now, I’m a Prayer Warrior for the Upper Room Living Prayer phone ministry. Every time I become aware that the person I’m talking to/ praying with accepts God’s love for them, I’m simultaneously aware of the indwelling of the Holy Spirit in me. I’ve been blessed to be an instrument of God’s truth. The feeling is electrifying.

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Sally Friedli April 29, 2013 at 11:41 am

Bless you in your work, Gary. How awesome that God uses you in such a beautiful way to futher the work in His kingdom by giving you the gifts of healing/listening/caring/praying for others. What wonderful gifts you have!!

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carol April 29, 2013 at 12:44 pm

I heard a great quote today: “change is inevitable – growth is optional”. I know that the Lord will bring those across our path who “want” growth. It’s the way we ourselves have grown.

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Mary Ng Shwu Ling May 15, 2013 at 9:40 am

Father God, I uplift my student’s grandpa who is undergoing chemo . May you comfort him and be with him as he goes through this difficult time. Be with my student too. May you be a source of strength to her during this difficult time.

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