The Upper Room Devotional

The Upper Room Devotional

daily words of wisdom and faith
  • The Nightly Review

    Today’s Reflection OF ALL MY PERSONAL spiritual practices, the nightly review has brought the most growth. I usually do it on my own, but it can also be done with a loved one or even the whole family. … 1. Make some time to be quiet for a few moments. Take a few deep breaths […]
  • Pray Without Ceasing

    Today’s Reflection SAINT PAUL SPEAKS OF praying “without ceasing” (1 Thessalonians 5:17). It is not as hard as it sounds, really. You merely learn to be aware of God’s presence with you all the time, whatever you are doing. A friend who commutes to work says that he sits and communes with God every time […]
  • My Life As a Poem

    Today’s Reflection ETERNAL ONE, revealed in waves and in the waiting stillness, teach me to rest, content in your love. Let my life be a poem that tells of your care, always ready to rise up on trusting wings and risk the wind. Amen. – Elizabeth J. Canham Heart Whispers “From page 70 of Heart […]
  • The Power of Powerlessness

    Today’s Reflection OUR SOCIETY places great value on power, which makes it difficult to relinquish. One of the hardest lessons for a follower of Christ is that visible power is not always the highest level of power. Judas never learned this lesson; he continued to goad Jesus into taking a political stance and could not […]
  • Fill Me with Your Grace

    Today’s Reflection YOURS THE SEED, yours the growth; yours the water, yours the thirst; yours the wild, yours the tame. You are within me, O God, and within all creation — and you are beyond. Shape and fill me this day and all creation with your grace. – Earth Gospel: A Guide to Prayer for […]
  • Meditation Exercise

    Today’s Reflection Sitting in Solitude IN A QUIET PLACE where you can be alone, focus on one thing: a bird at the feeder, the ripples on a watery surface, the shape of a cloud, a favorite icon, a cross at the altar, even your own hand. Allow your breathing to become progressively slower and deeper […]
  • Prayer Connects Us

    Today’s Reflection PEOPLE WHO ENGAGE IN PRAYER PRACTICES naturally begin to slow down and look around them, see and appreciate their community and those in it. They become curious about one another and about God. They also have the space to begin to notice how God is working in them; their desire to follow these […]
  • Blessed to See

    Today’s Reflection MAY GOD, who comes to us in the things of this world, bless your eyes and be in your seeing. May Christ, who looks upon you with deepest love, bless your eyes and widen your gaze. May the Spirit, who perceives what is and what may yet be, bless your eyes and sharpen […]
  • Seeing the Marginalized

    Today’s Reflection IT SOUNDS TRITE but it is true: If you want to move from handout to ministry, if you eschew the world of “drive by charity,” if you are ready to stop “playing church” and want to “be the church,” then pray about it. If you belong to a local congregation that wants to […]
  • Embraced in Warm Cotton

    Today’s Reflection JESUS CHRIST said, “I will not leave you orphaned.” He said, “God is your Father.” He would not treat God and people differently. He did not speak of people and the transcendent God as separated. He did not teach that God is far off and to be feared. He did not teach that […]

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