The Advent season invites us to shift our focus from a broken world and our broken hearts to something holy and full of promise. We await the Christ Child, God with us, Emmanuel. We thirst to feel God’s presence anew.
We long to experience peace on earth and peace deep within our souls.
For many—including some of our staff—2017 was a year of great distress and discord. Hurricanes, earthquakes, fire, and war forced people from the only homes they have ever known. Words of division fueled hate and fear. Crowds were terrorized and people were killed in countless cities around the world: Aleppo, London, Paris, Barcelona, and in the U.S.: Charlottesville, Nashville, Las Vegas, and Sutherland Springs.
The Upper Room daily devotional was born during another time of crisis. In the 1930s, during the Great Depression. Frances Craig shared a vision with her Sunday School class at Travis Park Methodist Church in San Antonio, Texas. Together, they prayed for a resource that would help families spend a little time with God each day. Their prayers gave birth to the publications and ministries of The Upper Room.
The Upper Room exists for such a time as this, when the world is longing for healing, thirsting to feel God's presence.
We are thankful for prayer partners, friends, and donors who helped us tend to the spiritual needs and challenges of 2017. We could not have done it without the support of our global Upper Room family.
Your prayers and donations connect a longing world to God and community each day, even the hards ones. Thank you.
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“Spiritual vitality in our churches stems from our openness to God’s transforming presence, not in anxious striving. Tending the soul of the congregation starts with attending to God’s presence in our lives as leaders, then bringing the same prayerful openness into the meetings and ministries of the church. Our work is to help the people to pay attention to, listen to, learn from, and live in the Spirit.” Read more.