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God Welcomes Us Home

Today’s Reflection

OUR LIVES MAY BE FULL of change and turmoil. Sometimes we need to stop and take in the big picture, to look back at where we have been, to view the great span of our history with this Shepherd who will not abandon the sheep. [In Psalm 100] the psalmist says God is good. Instead of entering God’s courts in fear of judgment, we may enter singing about God’s faithfulness and find ourselves welcomed home as beloved children, sisters and brothers of Jesus Christ.

– Erica L. Schemper
Disciplines 2014

From the reading for Reign of Christ Sunday, November 23, by Erica L. Schemper, in The Upper Room Disciplines 2014: A Book of Daily Devotions. Copyright © 2013 by Upper Room Books. All rights reserved. Used by permission. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.

Today’s Question

How do you experience God’s welcome? Share your thoughts.

Today’s Scripture

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

1 Corinthians 1:3, NRSV

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This week we remember: Dorothy Day (November 29).

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  • Louise November 30, 2017, 3:38 am

    I experience Gods welcome by spending time with him. I talk to him. I read his word. I pray for his people. I pray everyday that he will help me to be the best version of myself that I can be so that I see and hear him throughout everyday.
    I ask for your prayers as I try to help with the care of my aunt. Her illness has caused her to have a harsh tounge. Others that surrounded her are walking away from her because of the things she is saying to them. Some do not believe in God and have lost their patience with her. I find myself saying the serenity prayer often. I pray that God will touch my aunt’s heart and mind and the heart and mind of those members of the family that are turning their back on her.
    I pray for all here at UR that you will get answers to all your prayers. I pray that you will experience relief from your pain and find peace with God.

  • robert moeller November 30, 2017, 5:31 am

    Like Louise I talk to God when I’m walking, driving, or am at heart rehab. Had not thought about God’s welcome, but being able to talk to God has a sense of welcome. I know that God wants us to talk to Him, pray endlessly,
    that certainly is welcoming. There are also times, most often in church, when I feel, have this sensation of closeness with God. It’s difficult to describe and comes almost always as a surprise, unexpected, but clearly recognizable.

    Taking care of people, even dear relatives, who say nasty things, in the case of your aunt, unknowingly, is a challenge. In her last years Mom also did this.
    She would tell us to, “Get out!” She didn’t know us or thought we were someone else. Her dreams were more real than when she was awake. Prayers for you, Louise, and others still caring for your aunt. Forgive your aunt, she knows not what she does. She would be appalled if she knew what she was saying, doing. God is very much with you as you provide the care your aunt needs.

    Lord, because You love us, we have faith, through faith there is hope. Thank You, Lord. Blessings to all the UR family. There is a TIE that binds our hearts
    with the love of God.

  • Betsy November 30, 2017, 7:24 am

    Reflection, seeing where God has used us and walked beside us, is powerful in moving forward. I like how the author encourages us to step back and look at the big picture. Are the present struggles leading to a greater glory? I often pray for wisdom to know.
    I went back and read the posts from yesterday, and I was humbled and encouraged by all the prayers and concerns from this loyal group! Thank you for including my sister in those. Her surgery was delayed until late yesterday afternoon (ugh!) due to scheduling. Everything went well; her son will come to stay with her as she begins recouperating .

    Robert, continuing to lift you up as you proceed with your rehab and counseling. Julia, as cold weather begins, I pray for healing for the sores on your fingers. Andrea, I know insomnia, and it is a battle. Remembering scriptures sometimes works and can calm busy minds. Jill, your attitude on staying active is such a benefit to your arthritis. Keep going! Mary, my daughter suffers from migraine headaches also. I pray for a solution to your pain. Louise, caring for an elderly relative can be very stressful. Praying for peace for her and for you this day. Mary, hope your job evaluation/interview was fruitful.

    I echo Robert in praying for the spirit-filled authors and editors at The UR site. Their words each day fill us and teach us in many ways!

    • Mary Ng Shwu Ling November 30, 2017, 7:43 am

      Thanks Betsy!

      The interviewer needs to duscuss my salary with the boss.

      Blessings!

  • Jill November 30, 2017, 7:55 am

    I love the prayer support that is ever flowing here.
    Betsy – glad to hear that Grace’s surgery happened (although tardy) and that it was a success. Such a trying year for her.
    Robert – this has been a rough spell for you as well. Thank you for your faithfulness. Keep at the rehab, I know you will.
    Marcy – I pray that your suffering is less today. Migraines can be so debilitating. Thanks for holding all of us here in prayer, despite your discomfort.
    Mary – I hope things get resolved with your salary. Teaching can be a heavy burden when all else is well. Other distractions can keep us from being our best with the kids. Praying that God will help you to stay focused with your students.
    Andrea – prayers for you body, sleep patterns, etc as you re-condition to your routine at home.
    Julie – praying that your discomfort will lessen in your hands.
    Louise – caregiving for someone with dementia/Alzheimer’s can be so mentally wearing. My grandmother and her twin both suffered so, and thus, so did we caregivers. God’s strength is sufficient for each visit, each trying moment.
    Thank you all for holding my folks in your prayers.
    Warm wishes for this last day of November.

    • Mary Ng Shwu Ling November 30, 2017, 12:30 pm

      Thanks Jill for your advice!

      Blessings!

  • Julie November 30, 2017, 8:05 am

    I feel welcomed by God here among this group of friends that now feel like family. I feel His spirit moving among us. I have written each prayer request in my journal and pray for each one daily.
    Louise, try to remember your aunt as she was prior to the illness. I was in the hospital once with a man who due to stroke could only say damn. His wife related that he never swore a day in his life. Illness is horrible.
    Mary, I pray this job is God’s new path for you. Robert, I pray your heart rehab goes well.
    Blessings and love and prayers for you my friends

  • Mary Ng Shwu Ling November 30, 2017, 12:31 pm

    Thanks Julie!

    Blessings!

  • Marcy November 30, 2017, 3:05 pm

    I envision being invited to a royal palace, The day finally arrives, and we approach the gates. They are opened wide in welcome. In that moment, we don’t need to be told to approach the king with praises and thanksgiving! This is how we can come closer to God. Jesus, the King of kings, invited us to come inside the palace, to come into His presence. We have no fears or worries, because He wants us to come in celebration. Then, our gratitude turns to worship and we stand in awe of Him. Oh, how much I love Jesus!

    I had two hours of ‘sleep’ last night, if you can call it that, and am tapped out. The pain is almost otherworldly, as I had a mini-dream about the above. It feels like my head has a jackhammer in it, a bit worse than yesterday. Blood work tomorrow, my Pastor is driving me, can’t think straight.

    I continue to to pray for each and every one of you, each and every member of your families, each and every day, always. Praying for all who are struggling mentally, emotionally, physically and spiritually that they be made new. Rejoicing with those who have made great improvements and celebrate with loved ones. God bless all here in this loving UR family and beyond. Thank you, siblings, for your prayers and kind thoughts, sent my way by name. I am grateful to have been blessed by God by your acceptance and encouragement, and wish I could physically hug each of you, like we do at church, but am sending them to you over the ‘net’ instead.

    Praying for and about Hope.

    And these three remain: Faith, Hope and Love, and the greatest of these is LOVE!

  • Mary Ng Shwu Ling November 30, 2017, 3:26 pm

    Marcy, i am keeping you in prayer.

    May you have a good sleep every night!

    Blessings!

  • Andrea December 1, 2017, 4:03 am

    My prayers also continue for you Marcy, may you have relief from pain and be able to sleep. Blessings.

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