In this Issue — March-April, 2017

Cover Art

issue cover Crucifixion - Rina Coetzee

I’ve seen it before: Christ’s tortured body on the cross, silhouetted against a roiling sky. The crucifixion was an event outside human understanding, but often rendered in agonizingly human terms: loneliness, pain, defeat. Artist Rina Coetzee offers another perspective on this event — capturing the cosmic nature of Jesus’ death — condensing time and space to remind us that this is more than the man Jesus hanging on the cross. This is the God of Creation who became human and lived among us. Coetzee’s Jesus hangs on a tree. Is this the Tree of Life re-imaged, reminding us of the ...

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From the Editor

Sowing and Reaping

One sows and another reaps. — John 4:37 (NRSV) For more than 80 years, The Upper Room has been a place for people across the world to share stories of faith. The founders of The Upper Room dreamed of a devotional booklet that would help people regardless of race, nationality, geographic location, or denomination to cultivate a relationship with God. They envisioned an altogether inclusive publication — a devotional guide based not on our differences but on what Christians hold in common. The first issue of The Upper Room was printed in 1935 with a run of 100,000 copies. In ...

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Prayer Workshop


“Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight and the sin that clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us” (Heb. 12:1, nrsv). Here the writer of Hebrews is referring to the men and women who through their lives of extraordinary faith serve as our examples and encouragement as we go down the same path. They show us what a life lived for God looks like. That cloud of witnesses includes Noah, Abraham, Sarah, Isaac, Rahab, and David. When I read Hebrews ...

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