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.

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Today’s Reflection

THIS PILGRIM PATH is not an easy route to take, God, but we want to be more resolute about our intention to follow Jesus. Please encourage us along the journey, and thank you for adopting us as your full-time children. Amen.

– Derek Maul
The Unmaking of a Part-Time Christian

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Bear with one another and, if anyone has a complaint against another, forgive each other; just as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.

Colossians 3:13, NRSV

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  • robert moeller Posted December 30, 2018 4:25 am

    Back from Brooklyn and a visit with my daughter and granddaughters. Had great train rides down and back on the VERMONTER, saw the Boston-Chicago section of theLAKE SHORE LIMITED in Springfield MA.

    Oona and Willa are doing well, did a lot of things with them. Willa and I did a balloon toss many times. Our records were 138 and 81 times back and forth.
    The girls dressed up in their Hallowen costumes, Oona a mermaid and Willa a vampire. Visited Oona’s school, where Willa used to go. They rode trikes and played with the giant building blocks.

    Church today, the last Sunday of 2018. Prayers for good health, peace, tranquility, and every thing good for each and every one if you in the New Year. Thankful that Daily Reflections continues. Will catch up with the last few days. Have a blessed Sunday. Thank You, Lord.

  • Jill Posted December 30, 2018 5:20 am

    Yes – the path of a pilgrim…resisting that this earth is not our home. The distractions, the desires – Father, help us to have a good strong filter – and to keep our eyes on You. Lead us on.
    I feel like here at the beach – I am closer to heaven. Probably silly. Stepping out of the car, smelling the salt air, feeling the humidity laden air and the mild temperatures. A definite reprieve. And I am grateful.
    Grateful for safety during a long trip yesterday. My friend’s dog seemed the least impacted by all the time in the car. She will have great fun chasing the birds on the beach.

    • Mary Ng Shwu Ling Posted December 30, 2018 6:46 am

      Glad that you had a safe trip, Jill!

      May you be refreshed and ready for 2019!


  • Mary Ng Shwu Ling Posted December 30, 2018 5:29 am

    Glad that you had a great time with your daughter and granddaughters, Robert!

    Blessings to all!

    Looking forward to 3019.

    May we reflect God’s love in all that we do!

    Praying that things will be better for dear Julie and Marcy!

  • Julie Posted December 30, 2018 8:10 am

    I am still dealing with the h and his nonsense. Megan is visiting her grandmother with her father. Robert, her grandmother is from Germany, she met Megan’s dad during the war when he was in the service during WW II. Megan calls her Omah and he was Opah. I am going to call the lawyer on Monday and relate h’s new tactics.
    Prayers of thankfulness for safe travel and great visit for Robert.
    Prayers of thankfulness for safe travel for Jill and prayers for a refreshing trip.
    Prayers for Mary and her unselfish service to others, may I follow her example this new year.
    Prayers for Connnie and may I follow her example of quiet thankfulness.
    Prayers for Betsy and may I follow her example of service to others in God’s name.
    Prayers for Lou and may I have her strength during my struggles.
    Prayers for Marcy and may she have less pain this new year.
    Prayers for Andrea and Lowell and may they be free of health concerns this year.
    Prayers dear UR family

  • Lou Posted December 30, 2018 5:54 pm

    I react to the unmaking of a part- time Christian…I pray that God will lead me to be who he wants me to be for Him in this upcoming year. I want to be his full time servant – being the best I can be for my children and my patients and all those I come in contact with. I fear I am often only part time and I pray to do His will full time!
    Thankful- for good news of Robert’s time with his grandchildren –
    Thankful that my 3 children drove the 6.5 hours with me to Ohio to visit my elderly mother and brother and that we were able to see some extended relatives as well. Thankful for a safe trip there and back and the joy that my kids brought to my family. We don’t get together often enough-
    Prayers for Jill and her time on the beach- I had a favorite place on Lake Superior that my former husband and I often visited – I felt the same about that beautiful spot – that I was closer to God there somehow- I’ve read of “thin places” where one feels closer to heaven and to God – it sounds like the beach is a thin place for you-blessings to you and your friend and your time together.
    Thankful for Andrea’s beautiful descriptions of winter scenes – we got enough snow in Chicago to lightly coat the ground making the Christmas lights more magical tonight.
    Prayers for strength and courage for Julie- you said your h somehow expected that you would just disappear… it astounds me still – that after 30 years together someone can become non existent in your life – I haven’t seen my former husband face to face in more than 2 years and I haven’t talked to him – he no longer responds to any of my emails that typically only involve logistics. It is difficult to be discarded and disregarded- it is still extremely painful for me. I pray for your respite and peace.
    Thankful for Mary and her always upbeat and constant presence here. She never fails us.
    Thankful for the year long support, encouragement and prayers from Connie, Betsy, Sara, April,Marcy,Robert, Jill, Mary, and all of those who come to encourage and pray for one another here at the UR.
    In the wee hours when I cannot sleep-i come here and read about and pray for you all- old timers and new comers alike. Prayer soothes my soul- thanks to all of you-

    • Connie Posted December 31, 2018 8:15 am

      Yes, it is hard to understand, but it is his loss. And a very foolish one, I might add.
      We are one in the Spirit and you are loved greatly here.
      Happy New Year….it will be a better one for you.

      • Lou Posted January 1, 2019 1:10 am

        Thank you Connie- prayers that this new year will be healthy and happy for you and your family-thank you for your loving support.

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