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Inhale Deeply

Today’s Reflection

IN CHRIST, we are the hope of a needy world. Even when we tremble upon a precipice or hesitate before a narrow way, may we inhale deeply of God’s assurance. There is no fear in a love like that.

—Wendy LeBolt
Made to Move: Knowing and Loving God Through Our Bodies

From page 96 of Made to Move: Knowing and Loving God Through Our Bodies by Wendy LeBolt. Copyright © 2019 by The Upper Room. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. Learn more about or purchase this book.

Today’s Question

When has fear caused you to hesitate to bring a message of hope and love to another? Share your thoughts.

Today’s Scripture

There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear; for fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not reached perfection in love.
—1 John 4:18, NRSV

Prayer for the Week

Thank you, Magnificent God, for the body that you created uniquely for me.

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  • robert moeller March 16, 2019, 6:35 am

    I am not sure I have experienced this. If so I didn’t recognize it.

    Prayers for safe travel as three church members go to a follow up meeting after the UMC Special General Conference. Thankful for those who cam and picked up their meals at church yesterday, but sad that 17 meals remained.
    It sure was a very tasty and well made dinner of pork loin with mashed potatoes, gravy, squash or corn, a salad, roll, applesauce, and a brownie.

    Anneliese and I have reached an agreement so all is well. Hopefully the new PM that is nearby can help her with her spinal problems soon. The previous PM did well for a time, then moved away. Office management was always a problem.

    Prayers for a great weekend, Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

  • Julie March 16, 2019, 7:51 am

    I don’t know if I have ever done this either. I tend to be a very compassionate and supportive person.
    Prayers for you Robert, for all you so for so many. I pray that the Methodist church reverses the decision. The will of so few has greatly saddened so many. Thank you for answering my nosy question. Do you live near Anneliese? I could not help comparing your kindness to Anneliese with the intentions of h. He wants nothing more than to give me none of what he views as his money. What an example of Christian love and a life following Jesus’ example you are.
    Prayers for Connie, may she soon see green shoots of new growth.
    Prayers for Mary and her parents, may she remain strong as she supports so many.
    Prayers for Andrea and Lowell, may their hearts grow fonder apart.
    Prayers for Betsy, may her ministries be blessed and produce much.
    Prayers for Marcy, may her health and life be improving.
    Prayers for Rusty, may his health improve as he rests this weekend.
    Prayers for Edy and Bill, may they be well and patient.
    Prayers for Jill and her family, may Gloria not have pain and may all be filled with God’s peace and strength.
    Prayers, blessings, and warm hugs dear UR family members

    • Mary Ng Shwu Ling March 16, 2019, 7:57 am

      Amen to all your prayers, Julie!

      May God transform and empower your h.

      Blessings to all!

  • Kimberly March 16, 2019, 1:15 pm

    Thank You Jesus For Your Love And Kindness. Amen.

  • Darr Sigilman March 16, 2019, 8:39 pm

    I think that when my mother was in the hospital with cancer I was so interested in her being healed that I forgot to pray with her and for her that she would be ready to die and the she would die in the hope of the resurrection of the just. I hope that she will still be in heaven.

  • Ken Linscott March 16, 2019, 8:52 pm

    Hi Upper Room Family,
    Just returned from a very significant service of compassion for the families of victims in the Christchurch massacre. We, in our home town Timaru. About a thousand or more people turned out to express love and concern. Fifty one balloons were released by children and young people, one for each person who had lost their lives. Interestingly the balloons stayed together as a group till they disappeared into the distance. A symbol of our togetherness!
    Blessings, brothers and sisters as we journey. Ken

  • Andrea March 16, 2019, 10:24 pm

    Hello UR friends, I am in a hospital hotel in Norway for two nights after spending six hours in a hospital ER for a broken leg. I need to returbn to the hospital Monday morning to be fitted for a brace. I need to change one and possibly more flights to get home. There are some logistical difficulties with retrieving my luggage, which is on a ship that departed without me. I don’t have my mobile phone, which is also on the ship,, which makes communication difficult. Fortunately, the hotel has loaned me a laptop. Also, I was given crutches which I can hardly use due to hand weakness. So far, I have a wheelchair borrowed from the hospital. Please pray for me that things come together and I get home without further injury. I deeply inhale God’s assurance- Thank you, Julie and all, for your prayers. You all are in mine.

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