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Immeasurable Love

Today's Reflection

FOR THE DISCIPLE of Christ, it is not too much to claim that love defines everything. Love teaches us who we are. Love receives us when, in humility and repentance, we turn back to the God who loves us with an immeasurable love. Love restores and heals our soul. Love provides our direction, shapes our actions, and establishes our goals in life. God has constructed us in such a way that love, in fact, should characterize all our relationships.

—Paul Wesley Chilcote, A Life-Shaping Prayer: 52 Meditations in the Wesleyan Spirit (Upper Room Books, 2008)

Today's Question

Does love characterize your relationships?  

Today's Scripture

“And now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; and the greatest of these is love.”
—1 Corinthians 13:13 (NRSV)

Prayer for the Week

Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might. Heaven and earth are full of your glory. Submit your prayer to The Upper Room .

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The Goal of Love

Today's Reflection

CREATED IN GOD'S own image—with the capacity to
love—we seek to love God with our whole being and to love
our neighbors as we love ourselves. Faith is the means to this
loving end. In other words, built upon a firm foundation of
trust in Christ, our lives move toward the goal of love—the
fullest possible love of God and the fullest possible love of all
people and things in God. What an audacious vision, to be
immersed and lost in God’s love!

—Paul Wesley Chilcote, A Life-Shaping Prayer: 52 Meditations in the Wesleyan Spirit (Upper Room Books, 2008)

Today's Question

When have you felt immersed in God’s love?  

Today's Scripture

“For this is the message you have heard from the beginning, that we should love one another.”
—1 John 3:11 (NRSV)

Prayer for the Week

Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might. Heaven and earth are full of your glory. Submit your prayer to The Upper Room .

Something More

Blue Christmas: Devotions of Light in a Season of Darkness, an Advent devotional book by Todd Outcalt, reminds us that even in our darkest times, God offers us hope and comfort if we are willing to bring our deepest fears into the light of God’s love. Discover more.

Lectionary Readings

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Sacred Love

Today's Reflection

WHEN THE HOLY ONE reaches out to us as pilgrim travelers and bids us to join the dance, it is an invitation to live with the knowledge we are never alone. The One Who Loves Us accompanies us through life, wanting nothing more than for us to be whole. This Lover waits patiently for us to release our preoccupations with the things that dim our awareness of an ever-present love. Letting go of those things that cloud our vision, we experience an encounter with Sacred Love. These encounters ignite our passion for life, kindle the flame of creativity within, and invite us into a loving relationship with the Divine Creator.

—Karla M. Kincannon, Creativity and Divine Surprise: Finding the Place of Your Resurrection (Upper Room Books, 2005)

Today's Question

What do you need to let go of today in order to encounter Sacred Love?

Today's Scripture

“As God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience.”
—Colossians 3:12 (NRSV)

Prayer for the Week

Holy One, help me discover my God-given creativity and find the sacred in each God-given moment.
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Preparing the Soil

Today's Reflection

WHEN I THINK of how God works in the life of the pilgrim, I remember the tireless work my dad put into preparing the soil for his garden. Just as he patiently readied the earth, so too God prepares the pilgrim’s heart to receive an encounter with Divine Love. Seasons before we become aware of the movement of God’s love in our life, and long before we see any evidence of the fruit of that love, seeds of faith, hope, and love already are growing in our pilgrim heart.

—Karla M. Kincannon, Creativity and Divine Surprise: Finding the Place of Your Resurrection (Upper Room Books, 2005)

Today's Question

When you look back, do you see moments where God was at work even before you realized?  

Today's Scripture

“So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth.”
—1 Corinthians 3:7 (NRSV)

Prayer for the Week

Holy One, Help me discover my God-given creativity and find the sacred in each God-given moment.
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Living Our Belovedness

Today's Reflection

WE ARE CALLED to live into our belovedness with courage. At times we will be called to take risks and make sacrifices. We will be called to be vulnerable and lean into uncertainty and even fear. We will be called to do what is necessary to glorify God. It may be scary, and it will require a great deal of courage. But it will be possible because we will be living out our true story with our whole heart. And it will be possible because Jesus sends his Spirit so that we too might live this life of belovedness.

—Kristen E. Vincent, We Are Beloved: A Lenten Journey with Protestant Prayer Beads (Upper Room Books, 2019)

Today's Question

In what ways are we called to glorify God?  

Today's Scripture

“But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything, and remind you of all that I have said to you.”
—John 14:26 (NRSV)

Prayer for the Week

I love you, Lord.
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God Is Love

Today's Reflection

[THE] FEELING OF belovedness doesn’t come easily to us. We are surrounded by media, cultural norms, and even religious folks who tell us that we are not enough or are too much of something. We are told that we must earn love by being good or pretty or smart or that we are sinful and unworthy of so much. It is good news to know that no matter who we are or what we have done—no matter what anyone thinks or says—we are beloved by God. Because God is Love. ... God created us in God’s image, which means we reflect divine love. God created us for love. And God created us to be love. We are beloved.

—Kristen E. Vincent, We Are Beloved: A Lenten Journey with Protestant Prayer Beads (Upper Room Books, 2019)

Today's Question

Where did you experience God's love this week?  

Today's Scripture

“Beloved, let us love one another, because love is from God; everyone who loves is born of God and knows God.”
—1 John 4:7 (NRSV)

Prayer for the Week

I love you, Lord.
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