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Upper Room devotions inspire reader for 60 years and counting

 


Upper Room devotions inspire reader for 60 years and counting

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Gladys Johnson

April 25, 2005

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (UMNS)—Inspiration and comfort are found in devotionals from The Upper Room, says a United Methodist who has read the magazine daily for the past 60 years.

Gladys Johnson, 82, a member of Seay Hubbard United Methodist Church in Nashville, began reading The Upper Room in 1945 after noticing the joy her brother, a Methodist minister, received from reading it.  

“He used it every morning, and he inspired me to do the same. It has been a custom for me to read it every morning,” she says. “It speaks to me. The devotions speak to things that happen in my life and give me inspiration for the day.”

Johnson finds comfort in discovering people from across the world with whom she shares similar life experiences. She finds satisfaction in knowing of God’s presence in all their lives. But it also requires self-discipline.

“I have to read it every morning,” says Johnson, who recently gave a subscription to her niece in college. “It helps me be on a spiritual wavelength where I can be with God, see God in my life and how God works in my life, and be able to do what God wants me to do.”

News media contact: Linda Green, (615) 742-5470 or newsdesk@umcom.org.

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