About The Upper Room Daily Devotional
Our mission is to provide a model of practical Christianity, accessible in varied formats, to help people feel invited and welcomed into God’s presence to: listen to scripture as God’s personal message, linking their stories to God’s story; commune with God in prayer; see their daily choices and small acts of obedience as part of God’s work; realize our connection through Christ as a universal family of believers; and to encounter the living Christ and be transformed into Christ’s likeness.
Read Sample Devotionals
The devotionals below were first published in the spring of 2015 to enhance the study of The God We Can Know. They are included here for you to read and share with your small group or congregation.
Sungho Lee (California)
In the Hebrew Bible, names represent hopes, dreams, and the characteristics of persons. For example, Jacob, after wrestling with an angel was given a new name, Israel, which means “the one who struggled with God.” Knowing the name of a person can give insight into the origin, nature, and the…
Karen Greenwaldt, is a retired pastor living in North Carolina.
“Are you hungry? Are you thirsty?” Our mother always asked us these questions the moment we came in the back door after playing in the hot summer sun. If we said no, then her next question was, “Are you sure?”
Sherry Elliott, is the Executive Director of Interpretation and Development for The Upper Room.
One of my favorite sayings is “let’s shed some light on this.” It’s an expression to use when you want to take a closer look at an object or situation and examine it from a different angle. Read more
Jasmine Rose Smothers, is the Associate Director of Connectional Ministries in the North Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church.
I was in a meeting when it started. We all looked out the window in awe of the unfamiliar “white stuff” falling from the sky. “Wow! The meteorologists were right!” exclaimed one of my colleagues. Read more
Pamela C. Hawkins, is an author and pastor living in Nashville.
I first noticed the little branch after a harsh night storm. Bent down in an awkward position, it caught my eye during morning prayer as I looked out my bedroom window. Other branches reached out and up toward the sky, strong and unscathed. Read more
M. Thomas Thangaraj, is an ordained presbyter in the Church of South India and Professor Emeritus of World Christianity at the Candler School of Theology at Emory University.
Once I asked a young man for directions to a place in an unfamiliar city. Instead of giving me directions, he offered to go with me. Read more
Rob Fuquay, is a pastor and the author of this series.
When Jesus brought Lazarus back to life, he knew Lazarus would one day have to die again. What Jesus did was more like resuscitation — restoring life to the way it was. Read more
Stay Connected to the Vine
by Sherry Elliott, Executive Director of Interpretation and Development for The Upper Room.
I spent many summers playing in the grapevines growing in the backyard of my childhood home in Tennessee. Around and through the rows, my brothers, sister, neighborhood friends, and I ran and played. Every so often, we stopped and picked the sweet purple fruit and swallowed it whole. We chose quickly and carefully in order to dodge the bees that were there for the same reason we were. At the end of the season, I picked the remaining clusters of grapes for my grandmother. She mashed and boiled the grapes to make jelly, so we could enjoy their sweetness throughout the winter months. I remember the vine and my grandmother and return thanks to the Creator, the source of this goodness in my life.
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