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Today’s Reflection

IN HER POEM “Where I’m From,” Appalachian poet George Ella Lyon offers a litany of the places and people, the artifacts and experiences that hold her roots. …

In our mobile society, it’s often hard to say where we’re from, hard to name the roots that hold us as more and more of us live at a distance from the places and people we grew up with. … Here’s where I’m from.

I am from orange groves
and old Florida,
from a house my parents built
in a field my grandfather gave them.

Black-eyed Susans grew there in the spring,
so thick we played hide-and-seek
simply by kneeling among them. …

I am from women less quiet,
women of the shout and the stomp,
testifying wherever they could make
their voices heard.
I am from Miriam and Mary and Magdalena
and from women unknown and unnamed,
women who carried their prayers
not in books
but in their blood
and in their bones;
women who passed down the sacred stories
from body to body.
—Jan L. Richardson

Blessed be the people we carry in our blood.
Blessed be the places we carry in our bones.
May our living make a way for those who come after:
a path of blessing, a path of beauty.

– Jan L. Richardson
In the Sanctuary of Women

From pages 54-56 of In the Sanctuary of Women: A Companion for Reflection and Prayer by Jan L. Richardson. Copyright © 2010 by Jan L. Richardson. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.

Today’s Question

Who has influenced your faith development? Share your thoughts.

Today’s Scripture

Happy are those whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered.

Psalm 32:1, NRSV

This Week: pray those who are too busy to pray. 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 John Wesley (March 3).

Lectionary Readings

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  • Jill March 5, 2013, 3:30 am

    Significant women have influenced and continue to influence my faith. Relationships God prepared for me before I was born – indeed the daily bread of my sustenance. Oh how He works in mysterious ways…all of which draw us to Him.

  • robert moeller March 5, 2013, 5:44 am

    Who has influenced your faith development? Certainly my parents – I was raised going to church, much later it was a pastor, and these days it is the church I attend. I’m very thankful for these people who , as Jill says, were provided by God.

    Lord, thank you, I’m praying again, and I pray here for those who are too busy to pray. You give all your time to us, I pray that everyone, believers or not will make time to be with you, for you are our creator.
    Change our hearts o Lord, in your name I pray.

    I pray for Brandon, Logan, Heidi, and Anneliese who are all sick. Brandon and Logan have missed a lot of school, Heidi has been seeing doctors for a year and a half trying to find out what’s causing her problems, and Anneliese has gotten sick taking care of all of them.
    May they be well soon. Thank you Lord.

  • Jay March 5, 2013, 7:43 am

    Father, thank you so much for the many people that have influenced my spiritual growth. My Great Grandfather for my early development, leaders in my youth group during my teen years and dear Grand Mothers, Pastors and members of my church today. Amen

  • Carol March 5, 2013, 10:31 am

    The covenant group in which I participate used this resource last year. This poem was our favorite part of the book!! We all wrote our own “I Am From” poems, and it was a wonderful experience. I have been blessed by so many wonderful women, it would take a book to name them all! For this post I’ll just say: I am from Ruth and Grace and Laura. From MaryJane and Donna. From Vanessa and Kris and Emily. I am from women strong and brave, who laugh and cry, who inspire me to faith.

  • Mary Ng Shwu Ling May 28, 2013, 10:16 am

    My parents, Sunday school teachers, preachers who spoke at our school chapel services and church, friends, John Wesley, ….All these and more have influenced my faith development.

    Thank you Father God for all who have influenced my faith development in one way or another.

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