Faith

May 3, 2013

Today’s Reflection

THE WILDFLOWERS are blooming,
bright sky bluebonnets, red-orange flames of Indian Paintbrushes, …
a phoenix of color rising from the ashes,
a faith that flowers through the flames.

- Sally Clark
Weavings, Feb/March/April 2013

From page 48 of Weavings: A Journal of the Christian Spiritual Life, February/March/April 2013. Copyright © 2012 by The Upper Room. All rights reserved. Ised by permission. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.

Today’s Question

How many times each week do you take time to be still and enjoy the beauty of creation? Share your thoughts.

Today’s Scripture

And the city has no need of sun or moon to shine on it, for the glory of God is its light, and its lamp is the Lamb.
Revelation 21:23, 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.

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Saints, Inc.:

This week we remember:
James the Less.
(May 3).

Lectionary Readings

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Jill May 3, 2013 at 3:29 am

I do love this time of year…with all the spring flowers popping up on their own time schedule. The phlox especially catch my eye. I love to take a walk during my lunch and see what new things have bloomed. When the lilacs come out – that small window of time – their aroma is my favorite. The house on the corner has a magnificent lilac bush/tree – and I just linger there when I am out for a walk. In a few more weeks – I will be planting my flowers – and I treasure that time, in the dirt, sharing my thoughts with God.

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robert moeller May 3, 2013 at 4:05 am

Its spring here, flowers are out, trees are getting their leaves, and many different bushes are blooming. All are a delight to the eyes. Close your eyes and they are still a delight with the scent of so many different flowers. The sun is warm, the skies are blue with puffy clouds. Its very hard to ignore God’s creation completely, but taking time to “marvel” in it is a little harder. I need to just be still and take it in. The fish spawning in the pond, frogs jumping, birds at the feeder, brooks running, a breeze in the trees.

Lord thank You for taking our concerns for people with cancer and their caregivers and families. I ask Your blessing on them, Your wisdom to doctors and nurses, and Your comfort to their friends and families. With You there is hope and always the best love possible. Thank You for helping doctors make the advances we have in cancer treatment, may they receive more of Your wisdom. Thank You too for the cancer patients who teach us so much about You and Your love while they deal with the disease. I pray for the best possible outcome
for patients and their families in Your name. Amen

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Sally Friedli May 3, 2013 at 8:51 am

I spent last Saturday afternoon in my front gardens, planting new flowers in colorful pots, digging in the dirt to feel God’s freshness and earthly renewal for my soul. I was feeling down and after working in the garden, felt a sense of calmness and contentment and am thankful that God led me to work outside to heal from the sad and lonely feelings. He is amazing and is with us all the time. His creations are marvelous and extraordinary and I should take more time to be outside to breathe in his goodness. My son, Ben, used to help me plant in the spring, so my sadness was about him not being there to help me, but I know he was there shooting silent basketball shots (like he used to do) while I was planting.

Lord, thank you for this time of renewal…of spring and the freshness and revival we feel in our souls. Colorful flowers, rich earthly dirt, warm breezes, butterflies, new growth, birds singing their hearts out….are all of God’s creations that we should marvel at and spend time with in quiet…with you.

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Mary Ng Shwu Ling May 16, 2013 at 8:49 am

I spend every morning at the neighborhood park journaling and praying.

It is a refreshing time to count my blessings and draw near to God.

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