New every morning is your love, great God of light, and all day long you are working for good in the world. Stir up in us desire to serve you, to live peacefully with our neighbors and all your creation, and to devote each day to your Son, our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.

"A Liturgy for Morning Prayer," Upper Room Worshipbook

Used by permission from the Book of Common Worship, © 2018 Westminster John Knox Press. All rights reserved. This prayer appears in “A Liturgy for Morning Prayer” in Upper Room Worshipbook.

Today’s Reflection

GOD LOVES YOU perfectly, unconditionally, perpetually
God has poured out this love into your heart
A love without fear, without doubts, without limits
Love that is patient and is kind
Love that does not envy, does not boast, is not proud
So you may freely give as you receive …
By loving your neighbour as yourself.

–Mabatha Mampura, in Alive Now, January/February 2015

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Today’s Question

How does God’s love for you inspire you to love yourself and to love others? Share your thoughts.

Today’s Scripture

For the law brings wrath; but where there is no law, neither is there violation.The poor shall eat and be satisfied; those who seek him shall praise the LORD. May your hearts live forever!

Romans 4:15, NRSV

This Week: Pray for victims of gun violence. Submit your prayer to The Upper Room Living Prayer Center or share it in the comment section.

Did You Know?

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This week we remember: Jacinta Marto, Francisco Marto, and Lucia dos Santos (February 20).

Lectionary Readings

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  • Jill Posted February 22, 2018 4:07 am

    Experiencing God’s Love in different ways and at different levels grows my love and fear of/for Him. Reading His Word, more fully understanding His Son’s example compels me to model my life after His. And – a fuller grasp of the Holy Spirit and His comfort stabilizes me and encourages me to continue my walk in faith.
    I thank you all for your prayers and humbly request that you continue. We left the hospital yesterday morning around 10:30, knowing that the test results were not ideal and awaiting a call from the doctor about the next step. By 2:00 – we were headed back to the hospital – mom was to be admitted and have a cat scan. What we do know is that there is a significant blockage at the point where the colon meets the (small?) intestine. What needs to be determined is if it is a large polyp or a tumor. I took dad home around 5:30 and got him supper and returned to the hospital to sit with my sister. We left around 8:30 and mom still had not been administered the test. The night nurse called me at 12:45 saying that the test was complete. We are all gathering at the hospital this morning at 7:00 to meet with the doctor and surgical team. It seems that surgery is the course of action, but should know more fully this morning. My mom is devastated, mentally very shaky. And my dad – seeing her like this – is extremely difficult. Before I took him home, we all stood holding hands and he prayed. Mom was sobbing and dad started crying too. Boy – was that tough.
    Betsy – I will be holding your niece in prayer. Such difficult news. Mary – I pray that your stamina will be sufficient during these trying school days. Carol – prayers for you and your husband.

  • robert moeller Posted February 22, 2018 6:20 am

    The need for prayers is very great today. The UR makes us very aware of that.
    Lord, I lift up Jill’s Mom and Dad, her sister and Jill at the hospital today, Betsy’s niece and sister, Mary’s Dad, Mum, and school; the community where the boy shot himself, the family where a Mom committed suicide, the families in Florida and around the US affected by ©un violence, the Florida legislature and US Congress, Andrea, Lowell, and Andrea’s trip, Carol and Robin, Julie, her hands, toe, daughter and husband; Rusty and K, Marcy, and the UR

    Thankful, Lord, that all is not darkness for You are with us. There are blessings because of You. Good counseling, Erich’s knee is recovering, needed items picked up, Isis doing well, good meals, transportation possible, and a new day. Thank You, Lord.

  • Mary Ng Shwu Ling Posted February 22, 2018 6:24 am

    Thanks Jill!

    Praying for the victims and families if the victims of the gun violence, may it never happen again. May they heal emotionally and physically,

    Praying for God’s protection upon you, Jill, and your students.

    May all be well with you and your parents too,


  • Mary Ng Shwu Ling Posted February 22, 2018 6:51 am

    Thank you God for your perfect love.
    Help us to love the way you love us.

    Thanks Robert!

  • Julie Posted February 22, 2018 8:09 am

    Because God loves me, I can show love and compassion to those who share their pain and suffering here. When I share my pain and suffering God shows me love and compassion which is reflected by those loving friends and believers I have met here.
    So much pain and despair here of late. So many prayers I lift up to our Lord each day. Each of your anguished cries are recorded in my journal and I send the to our Lord throughout the day. Know that you are with me throughout the day.
    Thank you for your prayers and warm thoughts.
    Blessings all
    Kindly words do not enter so deeply into men as a reputation for kindness. Mencius

    • robert moeller Posted February 22, 2018 1:33 pm

      Wonderful words of wisdom, thankful for your posts, many prayers are both coming from you and going to you. Staying connected to God through tough times is always best. We have a hard time understanding the why of many situations, but God will bring us through.

      Thankful a church member had successful surgery and is going home today. Arnolds was in church on Sunday. There are blessings, every day is not totally dark.

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