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The Grace to Receive

Today’s Reflection

MANY HARD-WORKING PEOPLE have a difficult time receiving gifts; they find it easier to be on the giving side. Jesus, however, demonstrated the grace to receive. When the woman came with oil for anointing, he accepted her blessing. When the child came with bread to share, he welcomed the gift and multiplied it. When he saw Zacchaeus in the tree, he didn’t wait for an invitation but told him to “hurry and come down, for I must stay at your house today” (Luke 19:5). …

However reluctantly we finally receive God’s gift of acceptance, God patiently welcomes us into loving embrace. The prodigal son didn’t get a long to-do list when he came back to his father’s house (Luke 15); Jesus, after his baptism, didn’t get a list of strategies to wipe out evil. Acceptance ushers in a God-given identity, and God’s Spirit guides the coming encounters. It’s an exciting way to live!

– Trevor Hudson and Jerry P. Haas
The Cycle of Grace

From page 21 of The Cycle of Grace: Living in Sacred Balance by Trevor Hudson and Jerry P. Haas. Copyright © 2012 by Upper Room Books. All rights reserved. Used by permission. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.

Today’s Question

What is God offering you this day? Share your thoughts.

Today’s Scripture

The LORD is king; let the peoples tremble! He sits enthroned upon the cherubim; let the earth quake!
Psalm 99:1, NRSV

This Week: pray for people new Christians. Submit your prayer to The Upper Room Living Prayer Center or share it in the comment section below.

Did You Know?

Happy 75th anniversary, El Aposento Alto!
This year, the Spanish language edition of El Aposento Alto celebrates its 75th anniversary. Congratulate the editors and the community in the comment section on the web: http://elaposentoalto.upperroom.org/es

Saints, Inc.:

This week we remember Rabanus Maurus (January 30).

Lectionary Readings

(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)

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  • Jill February 6, 2013, 3:29 am

    He is offering me the shelter of his Wings. He is bidding me to come, to be still, to just be…in His presence. I am going to bask a bit.

  • heidi February 6, 2013, 5:24 am

    My “God gifts” today are a bit more mundane: a staff meeting (actually an enjoyable event) and ice cream later. My great God makes God’s presence known in the small and seemingly insignificant.

  • Betsy February 6, 2013, 6:04 am

    My gifts today are opportunities to share knowledge with young students. Tonight I will be blessed to join with other voices in song at our church as we practice for Sunday worship. Praise GOd!

  • robert moeller February 6, 2013, 6:18 am

    After a week caring for Mom I’m going home. Things have gone well and I am thankful for that.

    Yes, I pray for new Christians, that there are more of them, that their faith is deep rooted, that members of my family are among them. Lord help me be the witness you want me to be that others will come to you.
    Thank you for your ever presence. In Jesus name I pray, Amen.

    Rabanus Maurus, someone whom I had never heard of, had quite an impact on the area from which my family comes in Germany. Fulda, where most of his work was done, is not far from Hersfeld, today Bad Hersfeld, another monastery town during his time. Its not often that there is a close connection to the saints presented in Saints Inc.

  • Juliette February 6, 2013, 7:33 am

    Good morning UR Family. I am having oral surgery this morning. Please keep me in prayer. I pray for you and your loved ones as well. Juliette

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