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April 8, 2016

The Woman Who Built a Soulmaking Room

By Upper Room Books
 
The Soulmaking Room

The Soulmaking Room by Dee Dee Risher

By Dee Dee Risher

This article was originally posted at radicaldiscipleship.net and is used by permission.

The Bible comes to us out of a patriarchal culture. At the same time, I believe firmly that the hand of the Spirit of God shaped what was recorded, however troubling or puzzling; however, these recordings may reflect the dynamics of oppression in this world rather than the creative liberation I feel is core to the reign of God. I hold these two realities in tension.

Because of this conviction, I pay constant attention to the stories of women who do break into scripture. Most of them are, predictably, relegated to the margins. They can appear sidekicks to the “real” stories of the (male) prophets, kings, patriarchs, warriors, and holy men. Yet hidden precisely within these “narratives of the margins” are the rankling questions that upset the power structures and interrogate our assumptions about God. … read

 
November 16, 2015

Leading with Justice and Faith

By L. Roger Owens
 
The Upper Room Disciplines 2015

The Upper Room Disciplines 2015. Click to purchase this full week of devotions (“Belonging to the Truth”) as an e-book.

Read 2 Samuel 23:1-7


These verses offer us an image for just, faithful leadership: “One who rules over people justly, ruling in the fear of God, is like the light of morning, like the sun rising on a cloudless morning, gleaming from the rain on the grassy land.” The night may be dark, cloudy, and rainy, but when morning comes the darkness disappears. How refreshing and enlivening is the clarity of such a morning! … read

 
February 28, 2015

Black Lives Matter … and So Do All Lives

By Carolyn W. Dandridge
 
Carolyn W. Dandridge

Carolyn W. Dandridge

I hear the words of Isaiah 40:28-31 paraphrased like this: “Do you not know or have you not heard? The Creator is the eternal Judge and ruler of the earth until the end. When you follow the Supreme One, you will not grow faint or weary, and your knowledge will be beyond scrutiny. God will provide strength to the fainting, and the weak shall become strong beyond measure. When we become weary and our youth stagger and fall, we who HOPE shall renew our strength and soar like eagles. We will run and grow Christlike, and we will walk and never faint.” … read

 
February 24, 2014

"I’ve Been to the Mountaintop"

By Upper Room Books
 

The Upper Room Disciplines is a best-selling book of daily devotions published annually by Upper Room Books. Each week’s readings are reflections on scripture passages from the lectionary for that period. On Mondays the first reading for the week will be posted. We’d love to hear what you think about the week’s readings and prayers. Just sign in and add your comment in the Comments section following this post.

Travis Tamerius is the university chaplain at William Woods University in Fulton, Missouri, and director of The Center for Ethics and Global Studies. 
 
 

Read Exodus 24:12-18

On April 3, 1968, Martin Luther King Jr. addressed a packed church in Memphis, Tennessee, attempting to awaken the conscience of a nation. He eloquently described the history of the struggle for civil rights in America and the difficult days that lay ahead. Nearing the end of his sermon, King reached a crescendo when he said, “I’ve been to the mountaintop.” Those simple words were greeted with a thunderous response from the congregants. They knew the reference to Moses. They knew the ancient story of liberation. And they knew of their own restless yearning for freedom and equality.

King concluded his message with hope, saying, “Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord.” Those would be his last public words. The following day, King was shot dead outside of the Lorraine Motel.

Today’s reading returns us to the Exodus story that nourished King and provided inspiration for the civil rights movement. God has summoned Moses to the mountaintop for one more glimpse of divine glory. The nation of Israel has left the
oppressive, but familiar, land of Egypt and is venturing toward an unknown land of promise. In between the agony they once knew and the glory that awaits them is a wilderness experience that will test their faith. The desert will become God’s pathway to the promise.

When life grew hard during Israel’s 40 years in the wilderness, I suspect that Moses frequently recalled his mountaintop experience on Sinai. A mountaintop gives perspective. The panoramic view provides a larger landscape for our vision.

What inspires you when you find yourself lost in a spiritual desert? What sustains you during difficult days and long nights of struggle? Call to mind where you once caught sight of God’s presence. And look in faith to the future of God’s glory.

God of fire and of cloud, grant us a vision of your abiding presence
and give us strength for today. Amen.

 
 
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