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Loving Compassion

Today’s Reflection

GOD, sometimes it’s hard to be kind and gentle with myself. Remind me that gentleness is a fruit of the Spirit, and that it means to be tender and compassionate and loving – with others and with myself. Amen.

– George H. Donigian
In Days to Come

From page 85 of In Days to Come: From Advent to Epiphany by George H. Donigian. Copyright © 2017 by George H. Donigian. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.

Today’s Question

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Today’s Scripture

But when the fullness of time had come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, in order to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as children.

Galatians 4:4-5, NRSV

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This week we remember: Stephen (December 26).

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  • Jill December 28, 2017, 5:29 am

    As I continue to meditate on and pray daily James 3:17 – I have been somewhat “stuck on” being gentle. Here is the verse…”But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without a trace of partiality or hypocrisy.” Not stuck on – in a bad way. But, rather, I need to put this into practice. I suppose peaceable and gentle go hand in hand, as do willing to yield and full of mercy. As I think about what the future could possibly hold with my parents’ health and how I will need to relate with my sister through all of this – James 3:17 must remain my daily prayer and focus.
    My trip got cancelled. And while it is very disappointing, I am able to be here for my friend…so I am trying to look on the positive side. Last evening was the calling hours and today is the funeral. We are experiencing bitter cold here (as many of this UR family is) and the time at the cemetery today will be difficult in many ways. It is also good that I am home as I am able to run errands for my folks as they should not be out in this very cold weather.
    Prayers for hurting hearts, for ailing bodies and for disquieted spirits here in this UR group. Father, be near.

    • Ken December 28, 2017, 5:33 pm

      Thank you Jill! Your responses and blessings are so welcome and remind me, here in NZ, that our sisters and brothers in Jesus are travelling a much colder journeys than we are in Timaru. Courage as you all travel. Our cold time will come.

  • Julie December 28, 2017, 7:43 am

    Jill, prayers for your friend and her family today. We, too are havng bitter cold weather. It may not be safe for some to be out in this weather, perhaps they will modify the service.
    Please continue praayers for my knee, they seem to be working. I am also trying to wade through some financial difficulties associated with my daughter. Please pray for me to get throught this successfully.
    Blessings and prayers for all of my UR friends.

  • Andrea December 28, 2017, 8:44 am

    Softly falling snow here, and it speaks of gentleness. May I be gentle with myself and gentle with others, without being passive or weak. Gentle strength.

    Thank you Louise, for your wise words which I needed to hear.

    Welcome, Laurie. I will pray for you. One year, when both job and family matters were overwhelming me, I set the alarm on my mobile phone to go off (gently) every two hours during the day, and each time the alarm sounded, I closed my eyes, did some deep breathing, and inwardly recited, “All will be well and all will be well and every kind of thing shall be well.” (Julian of Norwich).

    I am so thankful for your prayers. I am ao thankful for the silent, white beauty outside my window as I sit and sew. It is so peaceful. And I am so thankful for the warmth inside.

    With prayers for you, UR friends, and with gratitude. God’s blessings to all of you this fourth day of Christmas.

  • robert moeller December 29, 2017, 11:04 pm

    Prayerful that all of us are full of loving compassion. The Lord empowers us to be that for others.

    Thankful for the depth and clear understanding Jill shares with us concerning scripture, her parents, sister, and friend. It is truly a blessing that you, Jill, are with those you hold dear whether close by you or here at the UR. Thank You, Lord.

    Prayers for Julie, glad your knee is improving. God grant you wisdom in dealing with financial matters.

    Prayers for Ken, Andrea, Laurie, and Louise. The Lord is with you.
    Missed all of you while on my trip, but you remained in my prayers.

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