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Into the Messy

This week, Upper Room Daily Reflections features excerpts from Loving the World with God: Fourth Day Living by Rebecca Bruff.

Today’s Reflection

EACH TIME we step out of our comfort zones and into the messy and sacred world of caring about others, we risk stepping in the confusion of humanity. We may find ourselves asking questions about God and about this world filled with both beauty and affliction. When we share our journeys and questions with one another, our capacities to love and serve with humility, faithfulness, gratitude, and grace grow.

—Rebecca Bruff
Loving the World with God: Fourth Day Living

From page 76 of Loving the World with God: Fourth Day Living by Rebecca Bruff. Copyright © 2014 by The Upper Room. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. Learn more about or purchase this book.

Today’s Question

Pray the prayer of St. Francis today:
Lord make me an instrument of your peace
Where there is hatred let me sow love
Where there is injury, pardon
Where there is doubt, faith
Where there is despair, hope
Where there is darkness, light
And where there is sadness, joy Share your thoughts.

Today’s Scripture

And let us consider how to provoke one another to love and good deeds.
—Hebrews 10:24, NRSV

This Week: pray to love others as Jesus loves. Submit your prayer to The Upper Room Living Prayer Center or share it in the comment section.

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  • robert moeller January 24, 2019, 6:16 am

    I expect that this prayer is one every believer consciously or unconsciously prays. It forms a sound foundation for our thoughts, hopes, wishes, and concerns. Thank You, Lord for St. Francis and this prayer.

  • robert moeller January 24, 2019, 6:36 am

    I too am amazed how Julie types with such sore fingers, God is at work.
    Thankful for your prayers, you are in mine.
    Hope Betsy’s brother get the help he needs both medically and divine.
    Thankful Andrea and Lowell are getting better.
    Mary is a great help to her mum, dad, and family.
    Larry, Jill, and Becky care wonderfully and deeply for Gloria. Prayers for Gloria as she deals with her own situation and the loss of friends.
    A great report from the doctor for Connie’s husband.
    Joy that Harrison is here and Kelsey is doing well.
    Many of us are dealing with frigid temperatures, a warm spell now and then
    is a relief.
    Thank You, Lord for Your presence,Your action, and Your blessings.

  • Mary Ng Shwu Ling January 24, 2019, 7:15 am

    Father God, help us to love others as Jesus does.

    May our capacities to love and serve with humility, faithfulness, gratitude, and grace grow as we share our journeys together.

    Blessings

    May Marcy and Julie get better each day!

  • Julie January 24, 2019, 8:04 am

    Yes, may we love and serve others with the humility and inclusiveness of the Lord. May we always be instruments of God’s love and forgiveness. May we bear no ill feelings to others.
    Where does my relationship with h fit into this, Lord? I know you would have me love and forgive, but are we called to love and forgive those who have done and continue to do us harm? When does it become foolishness?
    Prayes for Robert and Erich and Erich’s job and both their health.
    Prayers for Mary and her parents, may her parents’ health improve.
    Prayers for Connie and her husband, may I learn her attitude of gratefulness.
    Prayers for Andrea and Lowell and their improving health.
    Prayers for Lou and her children, may her stress be less this year.
    Prayers for Betsy and her family. May her brother’s treatment be effective. I saw a news story about an experimental infusion for MS. The man in our area who received it was greatly improved.
    Prayers for JIll, Gloria and Larry. May Gloria’s emotional health remain positive despite the passing of her friend.
    Prayers dear Marcy. I pray that your pain is less and your breathing is easier today. Tazzie and Chai send love and purrs to you and Lucy.
    Thank you for our prayers.
    Prayers dear UR family, especially those who remain silent

  • Andrea January 24, 2019, 10:01 am

    “Make me an instrument of Your peace.” Gracious God, help me to care for others even when it is difficult, when there is conflict or difference in beliefs.

    Thinking of all my dear UR friends today and keeping you in prayer the morning. It is very windy and cold here in Minnesota, and finally, a blanket of new snow covers the ground. I sit at the window and look out over the peaceful scene. At this time of year, with the trees bare of leaves, I can see the pond down the wooded hill behind our house. Our bird feeder stands just at the top of the hill, and we need to fill it.

    Look at the birds of the air; they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? Matthew 6:26.

    Blessings, all.

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