February 9, 2016

Ash Wednesday Devotional

By Trevor Hudson

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“You are dust, and to dust you shall return.” —Genesis 3:19

On the first day of Lent, which the church calls Ash Wednesday, many people have their foreheads crossed with ashes as a reminder that we are creatures of dust. We are fragile, fallible, fallen human beings. From the moment we emerge from our mother’s womb, we begin the process of dying.

To think that one day we will be nothing but ashes is a pretty grim reality. Not surprisingly many of us avoid facing this truth. It is not something we want to reflect on or speak about or even read. After all, when we begin to sense how near to nothing we are, we can easily find ourselves in despair. Being born to die is not good news.

However, the fact that we are marked by the sign of the cross tells us we are infinitely more than dust. We are God’s beloved, and nothing—not even death—can separate us from God’s love through Jesus Christ. Our dust is charged with God’s own life-sustaining and death-defeating breath. We are beloved dust.

Daily Practice: Go outside and pick up a handful of soil. As you do this, focus on these two symbols: dust and the cross. Even when you wash off the dust from your forehead, remember the reality of your identity—you are dust redeemed by the cross.

Reading for Ash Wednesday from Pauses for Lent.
Copyright © 2016 by Trevor Hudson. All rights reserved.
January 27, 2016

NPR Features Practicing Compassion by Frank Rogers

By Anne Trudel


Dr. Frank Rogers, an author associated with The Upper Room, is featured on a new series on National Public Radio. Rogers discusses his award-winning book Practicing Compassion on the NPR series The Power of Nonviolence.


The Power of Nonviolence series, part of the Humankind project by David Freudberg, highlights peacemakers who help break the cycle of brutality. Rogers is on segments 3 and 4 of the series, available at www.humanmedia.org. … read

January 14, 2016

Explore The God We Can Know

By Upper Room Books

Looking for a resource that can pull the entire congregation together during the Lenten season? Explore this 7-week study on the “I Am” sayings of Jesus, and find answers to Jesus’ most essential question: “Who do you say I am?”

For children’s, youth, and eLearning resources, visit TheGodWeCanKnow.com

These products and more are available at a 20% discount for a limited time. To learn about this promotion, visit our Catalogs page.

December 31, 2015

Prayer for a New Year

By Beth A. Richardson


From page 86, The Uncluttered Heart: Making Room for God During Advent and Christmas by Beth A. Richardson. Copyright © 2009 by Upper Room Books. All rights reserved. Used by permission.

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