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Rejoice Always

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Today’s Reflection

MIGHTY GOD, you have told us to rejoice always, seek to do good to one another, and be at peace. Help us rely on your strength and faithfulness in all things. Breathe your loving Spirit into us; calm us and give us words to praise you in wonder, for you have done marvelous things for us. We give you thanks through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

– Blair Gilmer Meeks
Expecting the Unexpected

From page 55 of Expecting the Unexpected by Blair Gilmer Meeks. Copyright © 2006 by Blair Gilmer Meeks. 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

“By the tender mercy of our God, the dawn from on high will break upon us,
to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.”
Luke 1:78-79, NRSV

This Week: Pray for those without homes. Submit your prayer to The Upper Room Living Prayer Center or share it in the comment section.

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This week we remember: Ambrose (December 7).

Lectionary Readings

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  • Mary Ng Shwu Ling December 5, 2018, 12:24 am

    Father God, thank you for restoring Robert’s water system speedily.

    We uplift those who are homeless into your hands. Please provide shelter for them and meet all their needs.

    May we all rejoice in doing good and be at peace!

  • Jill December 5, 2018, 4:33 am

    May we be still enough to wonder, deliberate in praise for all the marvelous ways You tenderly care for us. Thank You for new mercies – every morning, for quietness, for Presence. May we lay our burdens at Your feet, embracing the awesomeness of Your Sovereignty and the promise of being with You in eternity – where there shall be no fear, no pain, no crying. O glorious day. Might we wait well.
    Prayers for Betsy’s brother – might this flare from MS pass quickly, with minimal discomfort. Prayers of endurance for Julie and Megan, for stability for Marcy, for steady improvement for Lowell. Thank You, Father, for Mary’s availability to help her folks and for time for a new job and activities.

  • robert moeller December 5, 2018, 8:00 am

    Yes, indeed, I have many reasons to be thankful. I’m alive, the water problem is resolved, am able to communicate her with UR friends, am warm and dry, have resources to take care of bills, the list goes on. Count your blessings!

    Prayers for those without homes, for those mourning, sick, hungry, and destitute. May our giving bring them needed help. Prayers for those with disabilities, broken relationships, far off family, and in need of care. Lord grant us wisdom and courage to serve others as Jesus served us. Thank You,
    Lord. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

  • Julie December 5, 2018, 8:03 am

    Slowing down, breathing in God’s abundant love, peace and goodness, breathing out the stress, busyness and ill feelings – may we take the time dear Lord to actively wait for Your gift. May we also continuously acknowledge and give thanks for the daily gifts You provide, while we share with glad hearts the abundance and love You have provided us.
    Prayers for Mary and her family. Prayers for Mary’s mum and thanksgiving for Mary and her patient and tender care.
    Prayers for Jill and her family, ma they continue to be in good health and good spirits.
    Prayers for Robert and thankfulness for water quickly restored.
    Prayers for Connie and her health concerns.
    Prayers for Betsy and her brother, may the rehab be effective in maintaining his independence.
    Prayers for Lou and her children. As they gather to light Advent candles, may they find joy in each other and deepen their faith.
    Prayers for Marcy and her health concerns and I pray Mary is able to spend time helping Marcy this week.
    Thank you for your prayers. Fingers are doung what they do in the winter. I continue to be scared every day that I live with h.
    Prayers dear UR family

  • robert moeller December 5, 2018, 8:07 am

    April, thank you for your post yesterday. I found it especially uplifting, encouraging, and warmly expressed.

    Thank you all for your prayers and well wishes with the water problem. A “sticky” switch as it was described caused tbe problem, It was an easy fix and water was restored.

  • Connie December 5, 2018, 8:31 am

    Yes, “Breathe on me breath of God until I am wholly Thine. Until every human part of me glows with a fire divine”
    Thankful for:
    My Christmas Poinsettia.
    A good report from the dr. for my husband.
    No signs of complications from the fall. ptl and your prayers.
    Things going well for UR friends. And prayers for those who still need help.
    God bless this week.

    • April December 5, 2018, 2:01 pm

      Oh Connie, there is nothing more beautiful than Christmas Poinsettias, especially when they bloom at Christmas!! Enjoy, I can see it now.

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