In this Issue — May-June, 2017

Cover Art

issue cover The Prodigal Son with Pigs - Jerry Dienes

The art on the cover of The Upper Room magazine can delight, challenge, or sometimes even frustrate readers. The variety of emotions an image might evoke speaks of art’s power to move viewers past observation to response. Sometimes the response occurs because a cover — usually a rendering of a biblical passage — depicts the event in the “wrong” place or time. Maybe we have a clear picture in our minds of what Bethlehem looked like two thousand years ago. How can a nativity be depicted in a bamboo hut or a palatial structure when the Bible clearly tells us ...

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From the Editor

Inspired to Forgive

Bear with one another and, if anyone has a complaint against another, forgive each other; just as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. — Colossians 3:13 (NRSV) I remember the first time I visited a women’s prison. Members of a local congregation in Salta, Argentina, went to this prison regularly, and they invited me to join them as the celebrant for a Communion service with the women. The prison was unlike those I was familiar with in the United States. This one was more like a large house with guards and security at the entrance. The ...

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Prayer Workshop

He Came to Himself

Each day in my elementary school, students were given a laminated construction paper cutout of an apple if our behavior had been good, and a worm if it hadn’t. I can still picture them in a line across the classroom’s front wall — apple, apple, worm, apple. I don’t know that there was ever a row of apples without at least one worm among them. And the worm was what I homed in on. For me, one worm ruined all the apples. To this day a paper worm is the image that comes to mind whenever I fail at something. ...

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