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“Eternal Words”

The Upper Room devotional reflection for Monday, May 30, 2022 comes to us from David Armstrong of Mississippi.

28 "From the fig tree learn its lesson: as soon as its branch becomes tender and puts forth its leaves, you know that summer is near. 29 So also, when you see these things taking place, you know that he is near, at the very gates. 30 Truly I tell you, this generation will not pass away until all these things have taken place. 31 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away Mark 13:28-31 NIV


“Eternal Words”

I’ve been reading The Upper Room on a daily basis for over 35 years, and it used to sadden me when I noticed an asterisk next to a writer’s name. This symbol, as explained at the bottom of the page, signifies that “the author passed away before the publication of this issue.” What a shame, I used to think to myself. That writer never got to see her devotional in print.

I don’t feel this way anymore. Rather, I thank every writer daily, even those who have passed on, for what they have shared with the world. I’ve come to realize that what we say, do, write, and share in love with others lives on forever – even after we pass from this life to the next. Jesus said, “Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.” How comforting it is to know, and what a blessing it is to believe, that all our good thoughts, words, and deeds live on – just like the words of Jesus do!


Friends –

The journey from the sadness of grief into the grace of thankfulness can be very difficult, but that transition can help us to make the move into peacefulness and joy. I truly appreciate David Armstrong’s reminder that all that we do out of love for others will live forever with God’s Blessings. I invite you think of moments when you have offered a special kindness to someone, and remember that your action will live forever. Then perhaps you can call to mind a special kindness that was offered to you and remember that it will also live forever.

--Pastor bea


God of Forever, thank you for allowing our good deeds, thoughts, and words to continue to bless others, even after our lives on earth have ended. Amen.

--David Armstrong

Prayer Focus:

Readers and Writers of the Upper Room.

Thought for the Day:

The love I share in the name of Christ lives forever.

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