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Today’s Reflection

THE HOLY SPIRIT is at work in our lives in every encounter, in our daily work, in our communities, and indeed throughout our whole universe. We experience the Holy Spirit all the time. The Spirit of God always reaches out to us with God’s love and grace in moments of beauty, love, rest, joy, and newness. The Holy Spirit touches us—even in our pain, disappointment, grief, struggle, and loneliness. We simply recognize and respond to this ever-present activity of the Holy Spirit. At this point, the first spiritual practice of noticing comes in.

—Trevor Hudson
Holy Spirit Here and Now

From page 27 of Holy Spirit Here and Now by Trevor Hudson. Copyright © 2013 by The Upper Room. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. Learn more about or purchase this book.

Today’s Question

Name a time you have been surprised by the work of the Holy Spirit in your life.  Share your thoughts.

Today’s Scripture

Where can I go from your spirit?
Or where can I flee from your presence?
—Psalm 139:7, NRSV

Prayer for the Week

Lord,
by the light of the Holy Spirit
you have taught the hearts of your faithful.
In the same Spirit
help us to relish what is right
and always rejoice in your consolation.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
Amen.
From A Book of Prayers © 1982, ICEL. All rights reserved.

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  • Julie June 5, 2019, 8:14 am

    I believe it was the Holy Spirit who led me to this comment board. Then He urged me to begin posting. He turned my fear into courage to share.
    Prayers for Mary and her father. May God work through his medical caregivers to heal him and increas his strength and appetite. May the Holy Spirit sit beside Mary as she sits with her father, comforting and strengthening her.
    Prayers for safe travels for Lou and her daughter and Jill and her father.
    Prayers for Marcy and her health and her caregiver, Mary’s safety.
    Prayers for Robert and Erich and their move, may both find what they seek.
    Prayers for the health and healing of Andrea and Lowell and Connie.
    Prayers, blessings, warm hugs and thank you dear UR family

    • Connie June 5, 2019, 8:19 am

      And oh, how we appreciate your presence here.

      • Mary Ng Shwu Ling June 5, 2019, 10:30 am

        Thanks Julie!

        Last night, the whole family was called to visit my dad at the hospital at 3am after we left about two hours ago from the hospital. Dad’s condition was erractic and we prayed all the way. We stayed till the next day and all of us were exhausted. After all the visitors went home and my dad’s condition stabilized, we were about to head home to shower. When we were having lunch, we were told to go back to the ward again as my dad was breathless. We were blessed cause we were led to chose to eat at the food court at the hospital so we could return to the ward quickly if needed. We stayed till 3pm and when dad’s breathing stabilized, we finally went home to shower. We had been surprised by the work of the Holy Spirit in my dad’s life and our lives.

        Thank you God!

        Blessings!

        • Andrea June 5, 2019, 11:18 am

          I am keeping you and your father in prayer, Mary. God bless you, your father, and your family in this uncertain time.

        • Connie June 6, 2019, 8:41 am

          Oh Mary, God give your Father strength and also you and your family. Trying Times.

    • Andrea June 5, 2019, 1:47 pm

      Yes, Thank You for your steady, prayerful presence and your faithful prayers for us, Julie. I pray for your well-being and health and an outstanding legal resolution to your home situation.

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