Today’s Reflection

AS WE STAY focused on our priorities—loving God and loving others—we will cultivate our capacities and abilities to carry out God’s work in the world. As we spend time in prayer, seeking God’s kingdom on earth as it is in heaven, and deliberately cultivate compassion for others and the courage to take action and serve, we’ll discover both the strength and the joy to be exactly who we were created to be.

—Rebecca Dwight Bruff, Loving the World with God: Fourth Day Living (Upper Room Books, 2014)

Today’s Question

When has participating in God’s work in the world helped you discover who you were created to be?  Share your thoughts.

Today’s Scripture

“Instead, desire first and foremost God’s kingdom and God’s righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”
—Matthew 6:33 (CEB)

Prayer for the Week

Grant us, Lord God, a vision of your world as your love would have it:
a world where the weak are protected, and none go hungry or poor;
a world where the riches of creation are shared, and everyone can enjoy them;
a world where different races and cultures live in harmony and mutual respect;
a world where peace is built with justice, and justice is guided by love.

Give us the inspiration and courage to build it, through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Submit your prayer to The Upper Room.

Lectionary Readings

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