The Gift of OthersNew Every Morning | November 19, 2021
When God gave us the church, God gave us one another. And in learning to get along, getting aggravated, reconciling, negotiating competing agendas until we can learn to let go of our agendas, the constant rubbing of one ego against another until we realize our egos don’t matter so much as we thought, we find what we need: a community where Christ uses other people in our lives to make us more like him.
—L. Roger Owens, What We Need Is Here: Practicing the Heart of Christian Spirituality (Upper Room Books, 2015)
In what ways might your ego get in the way of your spiritual growth? Join the conversation.
For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of yourself more highly than you ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned. For as in one body we have many members, and not all the members have the same function, so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually we are members one of another.
—Romans 12:3-5 (NRSV)
Prayer for the Week
New every morning is your love, great God of light, and all day long you are working for good in the world. Stir up in us desire to serve you, to live peacefully with our neighbors and all your creation, and to devote each day to your Son, our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.
—“A Liturgy for Morning Prayer,” Upper Room Worshipbook
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Sometimes decisions are made without informing others. Trying hard to be flexible worked and all went well. ZOOM breakfast soon. If all continues well, there should be a big saving by the end of the month. That will be very helpful. Prayers for Jill, Larry, and Roger; Ally & David, Julie and Megan, Lou and family, Larry Dyer, and all who come to NEM. Thank You, Lord.
Ego is not an issue I deal with because I think very little of myself. I am not humble but rather have poor self esteem. I do not know my fellow church members enough to now if they are motivated by ego.
Feel good this morning but dreading tonight and how it will affect how I feel tomorrow morning. I am usually in bed by 9:00 and I feel the lack of sleep even when not recooperating from surgery.
Prayers for Ally and David, for improved heart function and PSA numbers. Prayers for Roger’s body to respond to the insulin and for Jill’s safe travel. Prayers for Robert and his church as the laity goes through growing pains as they lead the congregation and steward the church. Prayers for Larry Dyer’s tinnitus to resolve. Prayers for Marti and her staff.
Thank you for your prayers and may God bless all who visit here.
Sometimes I get aggravated with other people’s ideas. I try to be considerate and not shoot them down. That is nothing but my ego getting in the way. Lord, help me be kind and be open to others.
I got the disability paperwork completed, but will have to send it priority mail. Cost of fax was prohibitive. A couple of months ago, I was thinking of applying with companies to be am online English teacher. About the time I got everything ready to apply, it all kind of fell apart. China began shutting down all opportunities for online teaching. So it seems that the companies have opened up in other parts of the world. 3 friends have signed contracts with companies to teach. I’m praying about it. It seems to be an answer to prayer and I honestly would like to work if possible. Please pray for our concerns.
Robert, thank you for your prayers. Glad you’ve had good days and that Erich is progressing after surgery. Prayers also for your church’s leadership. Julie, prayers that you cab pace yourself with all the events coming up and that you and Megan enjoy yourselves. Jill, I pray for the challenges at school and for Roger to do well staying with your friend. Prayers continue for the insulin to do its work. Praying you enjoy your week in Florida. Prayers for UR and NEM ministries and for this forum. Thank You Lord for this place. Blessings!