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The Goal of Love

Today’s Reflection

CREATED IN GOD’S own image—with the capacity to
love—we seek to love God with our whole being and to love
our neighbors as we love ourselves. Faith is the means to this
loving end. In other words, built upon a firm foundation of
trust in Christ, our lives move toward the goal of love—the
fullest possible love of God and the fullest possible love of all
people and things in God. What an audacious vision, to be
immersed and lost in God’s love!

—Paul Wesley Chilcote, A Life-Shaping Prayer: 52 Meditations in the Wesleyan Spirit (Upper Room Books, 2008)

Today’s Question

When have you felt immersed in God’s love?  Share your thoughts.

Today’s Scripture

“For this is the message you have heard from the beginning, that we should love one another.”
—1 John 3:11 (NRSV)

Prayer for the Week

Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might. Heaven and earth are full of your glory. Submit your prayer to The Upper Room .

Something More

Blue Christmas: Devotions of Light in a Season of Darkness, an Advent devotional book by Todd Outcalt, reminds us that even in our darkest times, God offers us hope and comfort if we are willing to bring our deepest fears into the light of God’s love. Discover more.

Lectionary Readings

(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)

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  • Lou November 7, 2019, 6:49 am

    I know that Jesus loves me – yes this I Know! I feel God’s love when my kids are with me- when the sun breaks through the clouds on a dreary November day- when the waves crash on the cold shore- when I see the first snowflakes fall- when I see the first cardinal appear in my back yard- witnessing all of that today and feeling Gods love on this chilly morning (all of these things but not my kids around me today- I hold that memory close in my heart). God loves you- Blessings and love to all this day.

  • Julie November 7, 2019, 8:08 am

    My first thought was never. But I have felt stirrings of the knowledge of God’s love for me here. I feel some again when I hold my kitties and again when I remember the miracle of my daughter’s birth. Even my uneventful pregnancy which could have resulted in my death due to blood disorder.
    Prayers for Lou and her memories of warm times with her children.
    Prayers for Andrea and making memories with her grandson.
    Prayers for Jill and Larry, may both recover from recent health issues.
    Prayers for Mary, may she be completely well after the insect bite.
    Prayers for Robert, may he rest assured in God’s steadfastness as he moves forward following a painful and difficult decision.
    Prayers and thank you UR family

    • Mary Ng Shwu Ling November 7, 2019, 8:32 am

      Thanks Julie!

      So glad that you are still alive!

      I felt God’s love when my brother visited me every day at the hospital despite his busy schedule. Also, I could share all the funny incidents I observed at the ward with my sister and my sister was with me when I was admitted to the hospital. Also, when friends prsyed, called and texted me when I was hospitalized. Most of all, I am not in pain these few days and God’s presence is so close with me despite my initial fear and anxiety.

      Thank you God!

      Blessings!

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