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Today’s Reflection

SOMETIMES the Spirit leads us to a mountaintop where we catch a glimpse of God’s glory and know with unquestioned assurance that the one we follow is the Son of God. Now and then we experience Christ robed in dazzling white and feel the presence of saints who have gone before us. Along the pathway of discipleship, we encounter wonder-filled moments of spiritual awareness that revolutionize our lives and transfigure the way we see the world around us. Like Peter, we desperately long to take up residence in that place or to hold on to it forever. We may be tempted to expect every moment of our life to be filled with an extraordinary sense of glory, assurance, and peace.

But then we come down from the mountain and walk through the world where Jesus walked and where the risen Christ promised to meet us.

—James A. Harnish
Easter Earthquake: How Resurrection Shakes Our World

From page 47 of Easter Earthquake: How Resurrection Shakes Our World by James A. Harnish. Copyright © 2017 by The Upper Room. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. Learn more about or purchase this book.

Today’s Question

What sustains you in the ordinary times? Share your thoughts.

Today’s Scripture

As they were coming down the mountain, he ordered them to tell no one about what they had seen, until after the Son of Man had risen from the dead.
—Mark 9:9, NRSV

Prayer for the Week

My Saviour God; How great Thou art, how great Thou art.
—from “How Great Thou Art,” words and music by Stuart K. Hine, 1949

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  • Luis Castillo March 1, 2019, 3:08 am

    Por años he leído el devocional diario de madrugada y he podido experimentar la presencia del Señor de manera muy especial.

    • Rusty March 2, 2019, 5:17 am

      Igual para mi. Bienvenidos, Luis. Me gusta leer el breviario de la Iglesia Episcopal. Hay lecturas diarias cogidas de la Biblia y oraciones muy antiguas que me hacen sentir muy cercano al Senor.

  • Julie March 1, 2019, 8:16 am

    I turn to God and pray for Him to walk with me and direct mysteps and ease my suffering.
    I just made an appointment for Tazzie with the vet. He has been limping and not playing. He usually plays all day.
    Prayers for Robert as he plans his move.
    Prayers for Connie and may she have sunshine today as I do now.
    Prayers for Andrea and Lowell, may they be healed soon.
    Prayers for Rusty, may he be healed soon.
    Prayers for Mary, may her parents health improve.
    Prayers for Edy and Bill, may Bill be healed soon.
    Prayers for Besty and her family, may they be healthy and safe.
    Prayers for Jill and her family, may God strengthen and support them.
    Prayers for Marcy, may she be receiving needed care.
    Prayers for Lou and her family and April and her family.
    Prayersand blessings and warm hugs for all UR family especially on this UR day of prayer

    • Mary Ng Shwu Ling March 1, 2019, 8:37 am

      Thanks for all your prayers Julie!

      May your cat have a speedy recovery!

      Blessings!

      Friends, God’s words and prayers sustain me all the time!

  • Connie March 1, 2019, 8:29 am

    My faith sustains me in good times and bad.
    Thinking of Jill and her family.
    I will visit the prayer wall….Thanks, Julie.

  • Rusty March 2, 2019, 5:23 am

    Daily prayer from the Daily Office of The Episcopal Church. The lectionary readings and the old, old prayers help me feel very close to the Lord.

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