Compelled to ServeNew Every Morning | April 14, 2022
When speaking of service, it’s important to note that I’m not saying we’re beloved because we serve God. We cannot do anything to merit God’s love. Instead, we are beloved first because God declares us so, whether we think we deserve it or not. Then, as we own our belovedness and live into it, we reflect God’s love for the whole world as we serve others. When we live out of our belovedness, we won’t be able to help it—we will feel compelled to serve.
—Kristen E. Vincent, We Are Beloved: A Lenten Journey with Protestant Prayer Beads (Upper Room Books, 2019)
How has living out of your belovedness compelled you to share God’s love with the world?
Join the conversation.
Let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.
—Matthew 5:16 (NRSV)
Prayer for the Week
God of love, who invites me to this journey with your Beloved Son, open my heart to accept your invitation. Hear my concerns about this journey. Help me to learn the way of the beloved. Let me know I am beloved. In the name of Jesus, who reveals the way to your heart. Amen.
—Kristen E. Vincent, We Are Beloved
Submit your prayer to The Upper Room.
As we walk with Jesus through this Holy Week, join us at 11 a.m. (CST) on Wednesday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday, and Easter Sunday for special times of prayer and worship in The Upper Room Chapel. You can find us on Facebook Live and YouTube.
(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)
Looking for lectionary-based resources? Learn more about The Upper Room Disciplines.
My spiritual journey has been a long slow process It began before I was born. Baptized as an infant. Taught by parents and Sunday school teachers. Confirmed. It took more years before I renewed my faith during active duty in the army. Renewed it again when I married, sustained for a while with my children. Reinvigorated when my wife passed away. Strengthened in a one on one 10 week growth focused program. For the last 22 years I have felt more sustained by God . I pray that it continues to grow. Throughout this journey helping others has been something I have both wanted to do and something I have done. Thank You, Lord.
Maundy Thursday zoom service tonight, have to be prepared Thankful to be with my faith community today through Easter.
Progress with the house hunt, we have a realtor connection in the Poconos, Will here from him today. Plans for a trip there next week are developing.
Blessings to all of the NEM family during these very holy days . We remember the days when our Lord redeemed us. Thank You, Lord.
As I am beloved to God, I ask God to help me see myself as God sees me; and to see others as Gods beloved. I try to be Christ’s presence to all God’s children. I try to minister love as God leads me.
Very thankful this week for those who have shared God’s love by helping us in some way. Asking God to help us pay it forward.
We are at the urologist and David is having his biopsy. We covet your prayers.
Julie, glad to hear you got the windows installed. Prayers continue as you adjust to your remaining with H. Pray your fractures heal quickly and the present and new kitties bring you joy.
Jill, prayers continue as you work with the twins. I wish I’d had a math teacher with your understanding. Prayers also for family dynamics and that you and Becky are enjoying each other’s company. Prayers conti for little Roger. Glad he’s enjoying the wild life outside the window.
Thanks to all for your prayers and know I’m praying for your concerns as well. Praying all find ways to connect with God this Holy Week. As always prayers for peace for our world and an end to the war in Ukraine, with Justice and peace for all.
The more beloved I feel the kinder I find myself being to others. My desire to volunteer is also increasing but unfortunately my ability is not. I have faith that I will heal and can then pursue volunteer opportunites.
I spent the morning at the Botanic Garden participating in a “Walk and Learn” event. We were learning about trees. It was interesting and everyone else was very knowledgeable. I turned around early as I did not want to overdo the walking on my injured feet. Also it was raining and windy. Due to the conditions the entire group decided to end the walk shortly after I did. We had a lovely meal. It was scrumptious as many of the components came from the Garden and they have an actual chef.
Prayers for Ally and David and praying for good results and quick recovry from the biopsy. Prayers of rejoicing with Jill over her deepened relationship with her sister. Prayers for Robert’s house hunting to be quick and fruitful. Prayers for the readers joining us today.
I don’t know that how I live is a result of my recognition of my belovedness, specifically. I believe I try to act on nudges from the Holy Spirit, and live consistently with my focus being on honoring Him with where He has placed me, in circumstances from Him. I will have to ponder how considering my belovedness could possibly change my day to day focus.
I walked through my door, greeted by Roger’s nose – and told him it was time to enjoy the next 10.5 days together. I know a few weeks ago, there were a lot of things that seemed to need to come together. And now, April 14th. As I was reflecting on that during my prayer before dinner, I almost started crying. His faithfulness in seeing me through these past few weeks – strength and comfort and ability to get things done.
My god son’s fever finally broke this afternoon and he is starting to feel better. He is likely to pitch on Saturday. The question is will the game be played – or will the weather cause another one to be cancelled. I have no other plans for Saturday – so either way will be fine.
Ready to for this big change of pace. Grateful.