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Healing Transformation

Today’s Reflection

NO MATTER HOW distorted and hurtful our powers within, they were originally created from the divine source, and they hold the potentiality for the unique and beautiful. …

Our fear, when healed, becomes intuitive, empathetic compassion and sensitivity toward others.

Our destructive anger, when healed, becomes a passion, a hunger and thirst for justice and righteousness.

Our perfectionism, our compulsion to organize and dominate, when healed, becomes released, joyous power to build and create.

Our inertia and our withdrawals, when healed, become increasing powers for peace and integrity. Our possessiveness, our jealousies, and our physical addictions, when healed, become growing released powers to become lovers and healers of the world around us. …

Slowly we learn to see our major problem not as a devil to be exorcised, a cancer to be cut out, a stumbling block to be removed, or an enemy to be killed but as our own personal “fallen angel.” … We learn to see it as our most hurting and wounded child that hides in fear and strikes out in desperation.

– Flora Slosson Wuellner
Prayer, Stress, and Our Inner Wounds

From page 50 of Prayer, Stress, and Our Inner Wounds by Flora Slosson Wuellner. Copyright © 1985 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.

Today’s Question

What pain or trouble is waiting to be transformed in your life? Share your thoughts.

Today’s Scripture

…for everything that becomes visible is light. Therefore it says, “Sleeper, awake! Rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.”

Ephesians 5:14, NRSV

This Week: pray for those who are homeless. Submit your prayer to The Upper Room Living Prayer Center or share it in the comment section.

Did You Know?

In need of prayer? The Upper Room Living Prayer Center is a 7-day-a-week intercessory prayer ministry staffed by trained volunteers. Call 1-800-251-2468 or visit The Living Prayer Center website.

This week we remember: Cuthbert of Lindisfarne (March 20).

Lectionary Readings

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Concern for Others

Today’s Reflection

THE MORE WE PRAY, the more we feel concern for others and the less we worry about our own accumulating. Most of us who have read the Bible at all know this truth in our hearts. Yet for those of us who live in the midst of a powerful materialistic machine, global capitalism, it is a truth easy to forget and hard to live out.

– Daniel Wolpert
Creating a Life with God

From pages 151-152 of Creating a Life with God: The Call of Ancient Prayer Practices by Daniel Wolpert. Copyright © 2003 by Daniel Wolpert. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.

Today’s Question

Spend time today praying for others. Share your thoughts.

Today’s Scripture

For once you were darkness, but now in the Lord you are light. Live as children of light—for the fruit of the light is found in all that is good and right and true.

Ephesians 5:8-9, NRSV

This Week: pray for those who are homeless. Submit your prayer to The Upper Room Living Prayer Center or share it in the comment section.

Did You Know?

In need of prayer? The Upper Room Living Prayer Center is a 7-day-a-week intercessory prayer ministry staffed by trained volunteers. Call 1-800-251-2468 or visit The Living Prayer Center website.

This week we remember: Cuthbert of Lindisfarne (March 20).

Lectionary Readings

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What or Who Do You Trust?

Today’s Reflection

THE PRESSURE IN OUR CULTURE to secure our own future and to control our lives as much as possible does not find support in the Bible. Jesus knows our need for security. He is concerned that because security is such a deep human need, we do not misplace our trust in things or people that cannot offer us real security. “Do not store up treasures for yourselves on earth, where moth and woodworm destroy them and thieves can break in and steal. But store up treasures for yourselves in heaven, where neither moth nor woodworm destroys them and thieves cannot break in and steal. For wherever your treasure is, there will your heart be too” (Matt. 6:19-21, NJB).

We cannot find security if our heart is divided. So Jesus says something very radical: “No servant can be the slave of two masters: he will either hate the first and love the second, or be attached to the first and despise the second. You cannot be the slave both of God and of money” (Luke 16:13, NJB).

What is our security base? God or mammon? That is what Jesus would ask. He says that we cannot put our security in God and also in money. We have to make a choice. Jesus counsels: “Put your security in God.”

We have to make a choice whether we want to belong to the world or to God. Our trust, our basic trust, Jesus teaches, has to be in God. As long as our real trust is in money, we cannot be true members of the kingdom.

– Henri J.M. Nouwen.
A Spirituality of Fundraising

From pages 31-33 of A Spirituality of Fundraising by Henri J.M. Nouwen. Copyright © 2010 The Henri Nouwen Legacy Trust. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.

Today’s Question

What advice would you give someone who is struggling to trust God with his or her security? Share your thoughts.

Today’s Scripture

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the LORD my whole life long.

Psalm 23:6, NRSV

This Week: pray for those who are homeless. Submit your prayer to The Upper Room Living Prayer Center or share it in the comment section.

Did You Know?

In need of prayer? The Upper Room Living Prayer Center is a 7-day-a-week intercessory prayer ministry staffed by trained volunteers. Call 1-800-251-2468 or visit The Living Prayer Center website.

This week we remember: Cuthbert of Lindisfarne (March 20).

Lectionary Readings

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Noontime Prayer

Today’s Reflection

NOONTIME PRAYER gives us the occasion to pray for those things that happened in the morning, as well as to seek grace to face the things that are yet to come. In the early church, Wednesdays and Fridays were set aside as days to fast during the noon hour. . . .

Pray the following prayer or one like it:
Gracious God, at this hour of the day, your Son suffered on the cross for my redemption. I accept anew the gift of his salvation and offer myself as a witness to that salvation.

In the generous portion of the day that remains, give me grace to be attentive to the needs of those around me that I may continue to offer myself to you as a living sacrifice. Direct me as you like; use me as you will. I ask no more than this. Amen.

– Steve Harper
A Pocket Guide to Prayer

From pages 23, 24, and 25 of A Pocket Guide to Prayer by Steve Harper. Copyright © 2010 by Steve Harper. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.

Today’s Question

Do you pray regularly at noon? Share your thoughts.

Today’s Scripture

Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I fear no evil; for you are with me; your rod and your staff– they comfort me.

Psalm 23:4, NRSV

This Week: pray for those who are homeless. Submit your prayer to The Upper Room Living Prayer Center or share it in the comment section.

Did You Know?

In need of prayer? The Upper Room Living Prayer Center is a 7-day-a-week intercessory prayer ministry staffed by trained volunteers. Call 1-800-251-2468 or visit The Living Prayer Center website.

This week we remember: Cuthbert of Lindisfarne (March 20).

Lectionary Readings

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Today’s Reflection

SOME CHANGES IN LIFE happen whether we choose them or not, like aging or the way our bodies respond to pregnancy. However, we can decide to make certain changes; for example, we can always choose to change our attitude. Acknowledging those changes we cannot control, being honest about our feelings, and learning to accept the changes with grace can empower us. When we deliberately release those things we can do nothing about, we make ourselves more available to receive the blessings that the new brings.

–Leigh Harrison

– Kim Barker, Linda de Meillon, & Leigh Harrison
Birthed in Prayer

From page 54 of Birthed in Prayer: Pregnancy as a Spiritual Journey by Kim Barker, Linda de Meillon, & Leigh Harrison. Copyright © 2008 by the authors. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.

Today’s Question

How do you react to change? How can accepting change be empowering? Share your thoughts.

Today’s Scripture

The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not want.

Psalm 23:1, NRSV

This Week: pray for those who are homeless. Submit your prayer to The Upper Room Living Prayer Center or share it in the comment section.

Did You Know?

In need of prayer? The Upper Room Living Prayer Center is a 7-day-a-week intercessory prayer ministry staffed by trained volunteers. Call 1-800-251-2468 or visit The Living Prayer Center website.

This week we remember: Cuthbert of Lindisfarne (March 20).

Lectionary Readings

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Prayer for Deliverance

Today’s Reflection

GRACIOUS LORD, mighty fortress in whom I can always trust: deliver me from whatever shakes my world, fills me with anxiety, and separates me from the knowledge of your love, that I might find repose in your arms of protection. Amen.

– Paul Wesley Chilcote
A Life-Shaping Prayer: 52 Meditations in the Wesleyan Spirit

From page 35 of A Life-Shaping Prayer: 52 Meditations in the Wesleyan Spirit by Paul Wesley Chilcote. Copyright © 2008 by the author. 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 Samuel took the horn of oil, and anointed him in the presence of his brothers; and the spirit of the LORD came mightily upon David from that day forward. Samuel then set out and went to Ramah.

1 Samuel 16:13, NRSV

This Week: pray for those who are homeless. Submit your prayer to The Upper Room Living Prayer Center or share it in the comment section.

Did You Know?

In need of prayer? The Upper Room Living Prayer Center is a 7-day-a-week intercessory prayer ministry staffed by trained volunteers. Call 1-800-251-2468 or visit The Living Prayer Center website.

This week we remember: Cuthbert of Lindisfarne (March 20).

Lectionary Readings

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A Lenten Garden

Today’s Reflection

IF WE PICTURE all the obstructions between us and God as a wilderness, Lent presents us with time to clear and cultivate a part of that wilderness, to create an open space in it. In this newly opened space, we may live more freely and commune more closely with the divine. We can transform this wilderness and make it our home, our garden, a place that invites God in and asks God to stay.

– Sarah Parsons
A Clearing Season: Reflections for Lent

From page 9 of A Clearing Season: Reflections for Lent by Sarah Parsons. Copyright © 2005 by Sarah Parsons. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.

Today’s Question

Describe your the spiritual Lenten garden you are carving out this season. Share your thoughts.

Today’s Scripture

“Come and see a man who told me everything I have ever done! He cannot be the Messiah, can he?”

John 4:29, NRSV

This Week: pray for Sunday school teachers. Submit your prayer to The Upper Room Living Prayer Center or share it in the comment section.

Did You Know?

In need of prayer? The Upper Room Living Prayer Center is a 7-day-a-week intercessory prayer ministry staffed by trained volunteers. Call 1-800-251-2468 or visit The Living Prayer Center website.

This week we remember: Patrick of Ireland (March 17).

Lectionary Readings

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Spiritual Companions

Today’s Reflection

WHAT IS THE PURPOSE of having a spiritual friend to talk with?

A spiritual companion is someone you look up to, someone whom you trust. Generally, you judge this person to be farther down the road than you. This companionship would provide an opportunity to state your experience of God to someone; it would assist you to clarify the next steps of your journey with God.

Normally, a spiritual guide will ask questions more than find answers. Finding a mature friend who is willing to talk with you will take time, so don’t be discouraged when he or she doesn’t immediately appear. Part of the selection is the adventure of prayerfully considering different persons and talking with them about your desire for guidance.

Having a friend like this will help you avoid pitfalls; it will spare you times of loneliness; it will give you a sense of accountability. The search for a spiritual friend is worth beginning immediately.

– Ben Campbell Johnson and Paul H. Lang
Time Away

From page 101 of Time Away: A Guide for Personal Retreat by Ben Campbell Johnson and Paul H. Lang. Copyright © 2010 by the authors. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.

Today’s Question

Do you have a spiritual companion? If so, describe that relationship. If not, what opportunities do you see in having one? Share your thoughts.

Today’s Scripture

Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that is saying to you, ‘Give me a drink,’ you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water.”

John 4:10, NRSV

This Week: pray for Sunday school teachers. Submit your prayer to The Upper Room Living Prayer Center or share it in the comment section.

Did You Know?

In need of prayer? The Upper Room Living Prayer Center is a 7-day-a-week intercessory prayer ministry staffed by trained volunteers. Call 1-800-251-2468 or visit The Living Prayer Center website.

This week we remember: Patrick of Ireland (March 17).

Lectionary Readings

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The Millennium Resolution

Today’s Reflection

LET THERE BE
respect for the earth
peace for its people
love in our lives
delight in the good
forgiveness for past wrongs
and from now on a new start.

– Sam Hamilton-Poore
Earth Gospel

From page 123 of Earth Gospel: A Guide to Prayer for God’s Creation by Sam Hamilton-Poore. Copyright © 2008 by Sam Hamilton-Poore. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.

Today’s Question

What would you add to this millennium resolution? Share your thoughts.

Today’s Scripture

But God proves his love for us in that while we still were sinners Christ died for us.

Romans 5:8, NRSV

This Week: pray for Sunday school teachers. Submit your prayer to The Upper Room Living Prayer Center or share it in the comment section.

Did You Know?

In need of prayer? The Upper Room Living Prayer Center is a 7-day-a-week intercessory prayer ministry staffed by trained volunteers. Call 1-800-251-2468 or visit The Living Prayer Center website.

This week we remember: Patrick of Ireland (March 17).

Lectionary Readings

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Treasured Stories

Today’s Reflection

AMONG MANY NATIVE people groups, tribal stories are shared within the tribal circle. If a story is to be shared outside the tribal circle, then permission is asked of those who keep the traditions. We do not profit from the things that belong to our people. There are many stories that are told only in religious settings. These are not told out of those settings.

Over the years, I have heard many wonderful stories. Some are tribal, and some are personal. Some are true, and would be wonderful to tell or write. Some, if written, would sell large numbers of books. When I have encountered these wonderful stories, I have encouraged those to whom they belonged to tell them or write them or to enlist the help of others in the process. I have encouraged them sometimes over a period of years. Other than that, I have treasured the memory of those stories, but I have never repeated them.

Personal stories, like songs, belong to individuals. Sometimes a song or story is given as a gift, and one becomes the bearer of the song or story. At the time of death, a family may give a story belonging to the deceased to another, who continues the story by telling it. There is a joke among Native people that we may “talk about” each other, but we never tell each other’s stories.

– Ray Buckley
Dancing with Words

From pages 3–44 of Dancing with Words: Storytelling as Legacy, Culture, and Faith by Ray Buckley. Copyright © 2003 Discipleship Resources. All rights reserved. Used by permission. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.

Today’s Question

What story do you have to tell? Tell it to a friend, or write it for yourself.Share your thoughts.

Today’s Scripture

Therefore, since we are justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have obtained access to this grace in which we stand; and we boast in our hope of sharing the glory of God.

Romans 5:1-2, NRSV

This Week: pray for Sunday school teachers. Submit your prayer to The Upper Room Living Prayer Center or share it in the comment section.

Did You Know?

In need of prayer? The Upper Room Living Prayer Center is a 7-day-a-week intercessory prayer ministry staffed by trained volunteers. Call 1-800-251-2468 or visit The Living Prayer Center website.

This week we remember: Patrick of Ireland (March 17).

Lectionary Readings

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