Lectionary

December 21, 2015

Wrapped in Love and Prayer

By Nicola Vidamour
 

Blog-Meme-12-21-2015_CLOTHES-LOVERead 1 Samuel 2:18-20, 26


I wonder how Samuel reacted when his mother turned up each year with yet another new robe? We read that Hannah made this little outfit herself, and I feel sure that she did so with great love and care. I can picture her praying for her son and thanking God for him as she sewed. When her son wore this robe, he would know that he was not simply clothed in linen. He was wrapped in love and prayer. … read

 
December 14, 2015

Trusting God’s Promises

By Elizabeth Canham
 
The Upper Room Disciplines 2015

The Upper Room Disciplines 2015. Click to purchase this full week of devotions (“Promise and Restoration”) as an e-book.

Read Micah 5:2-5a


Promise. The prophets serve as the messengers of Yahweh, bringing hope in hard times and warning of consequences when the people stray in their faithfulness. The book of Micah opens in this manner: “The word of the LORD that came to Micah . . . . which he saw.”

The prophets speak from and for the Lord and not out of their unaided opinion. They listen for God’s word, and often they see what God intends them to speak. … read

 
December 7, 2015

Don’t Worry . . .

By Martha C. Highsmith
 
The Upper Room Disciplines 2015

The Upper Room Disciplines 2015

Excerpt from page 354 of The Upper Room Disciplines 2015: A Book of Daily Devotions. Used by permission of Upper Room Books.


Read Philippians 4:4-7


As the song says, “Don’t worry, be happy.” As Americans, we consider the pursuit of happiness one of our “inalienable rights.” We think that having money or being successful or owning the latest gadgets will make us happy, only to discover that having it all is never enough. We become like the rich man who, when asked how much money was enough, replied “just a little more.” Rather than freeing us from worry, constantly pursuing happiness can give us even more to worry about! … read

 
November 30, 2015

God’s Messengers

By Luther E. Smith Jr.
 
The Upper Room Disciplines 2015

The Upper Room Disciplines 2015. Click to purchase this full week of devotions (“God’s Messengers”) as an e-book.

Read Malachi 3:1-4


God announces that a messenger is being sent to prepare the way for God’s coming. This announcement is a response to prayers that God be made manifest and specifically to the question, “Where is the God of justice?” (Malachi 2:17). This text does not identify the messenger, nor does it state the specific time of arrival. Even the message itself is not delineated. Yet, it conveys the certainty that a messenger is being sent and God will follow. … read

 
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