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

OUR LIVES will no doubt be interrupted today. These interruptions may be trivial or they may be life-shaking. Yes, our lives are filled with interruptions, but our lives are also filled with God. And even in the midst of interruptions, God meets us and brings us peace and joy.

Peace and joy.

Jesus also brings peace and joy to our interrupted lives. Jesus knows sorrow and pain because he has experienced both, but more importantly, he knows you and me. …

PRAYER: Jesus, you spoke Mary’s name to announce your resurrection from the dead. Remind us that you know our names as well. In moments of darkness and weeping, interrupt us with the message that you are alive. Your resurrection means life for us, so we go to interrupt the world with the story of your love and light. Amen.

– Jacob Armstrong

From pages 111-112 of Interruptions: A 40-Day Journey with Jesus by Jacob Armstrong. Copyright © 2014 by Jacob Armstrong. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.

Today’s Question

Pray today’s prayer at the end of the reading. Share your thoughts.

Today’s Scripture

But if we walk in the light as he himself is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin.

1 John 1:7, NRSV

This Week: Give thanks for the Risen Lord. Submit your prayer to The Upper Room Living Prayer Center or share it in the comment section.

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This week we remember: Martin Luther King, Jr. (April 4).

Lectionary Readings

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  • Mary Ng Shwu Ling Posted April 6, 2018 12:11 am

    Thank you God for the risen Lord!

    May we reflect your love and light!

    Blessings to all!

  • Jill Posted April 6, 2018 4:13 am

    Father – I ask You to interrupt mom’s fearful thoughts, break through and soften her heart, bring calm to the disorder. You know her name, You cherish her – may she have an increasing sense of this truth.
    Father – be with Julie as she endures attacks from her housemate. I ask for Your calm and order in her heart and mind and relief from this external stress.
    I have been praying Psalm 23 over my mom this week – that she will sense the green pastures and the still waters. Despite the long shadows of the valley of death – His Presence will be a comfort. I extend this prayer to all in need of it here in the UR family.
    May the joy of our Lord be our strength…from the minutia to the gargantuan. Father – You hold us all.

  • Betsy Posted April 6, 2018 6:55 am

    Psalm 23 is a great comfort to those living in the valley of darkness, Jill. Thank you for sharing . I pray this prayer for Julie today, Lord. Bring her strength, peace, and comfort to make changes in her life.

  • robert moeller Posted April 6, 2018 7:36 am

    Yes. Life has many interruptions, there are good ones as well as ones we don’t want. Yes, I hope we can bring a good interruption to someone else in the name of Jesus.

    Things have gone well while I was away, hope for more good things things happen. Finding your way in life can be a difficult task. Prayers for guidance that the path can be found for Erich.

    Prayers for Gloria, Larry, Jill and Becky and the steps that come next.
    I pray that Julie looks for and finds help with her “husband”. I suggest some research on line to find help. Lord, guide her with Your wisdom.
    Prayers for the health and well being of all who come to the UR. We all miss Marcy and Rusty.

    Prayers for wisdom in Washington DC. It is very much needed.

    Thankful to be safely home and be able to provide help.

  • Julie Posted April 6, 2018 8:02 am

    Lord, I pray that I may be an interruption of light in someone’s life. May I introduce your light to other’s as you have graciously shone in my own life.
    Thank you so much to all who have prayed and who have expressed words of concern and suggested actions. I will look into all of your suggestions. Thank you again for your concern, it moves me deeply.
    Prayers for Jill, her mother and all her family as they grapple with each of their own feelings and thoughts as well as those of Gloria as they relate to her new reality.
    Prayers for Mary and her parents. May He strengthen you as you care so lovingly for your parents. You are a blessing.
    Prayers for Robert and his family. Thankful for safe travel and a heartwarming visit. Prayers for Erich as a problem was hinted.
    Prayers for Betsy and her family.
    (He just attacked me again as I sat here typing. I am shaking so much)
    Blessings and prayers for and thank you to all of my UR family
    Be the change you want to see in the world.
    Mahatma Gandhi

    • Pam Posted April 6, 2018 5:22 pm

      Julie, I am shocked and saddened reading about your abusive ‘husband’! Please get OUT of there ASAP! I do not know how far away you are, but I have a room and/or an RV you can stay in! Saint Cloud, Florida 34769 (407-729-3352)

      • robert moeller Posted April 6, 2018 7:30 pm

        Thank you Pam fort your great offer of help. Julie lives in or near Pittsburgh PA. Prayers that she will be safer soon.

    • robert moeller Posted April 6, 2018 7:33 pm

      Resolving a problem and finding a career are two goals for Erich. Thank you Julie for your prayers.

      • Mary Ng Shwu Ling Posted April 6, 2018 11:06 pm

        May Erich find a solution for the problem soon and may he find a suitable job.


    • Andrea Posted April 6, 2018 11:54 pm

      Julie, I pray you will be in healthier, safer circumstances very soon. I pray for your guidance in taking care of yourself. You are a precious child of God and do not deserve abusive treatment. No one deserves abusive treatment. Bless Pam for her offer of assistance to you. Know that we all encircle you with our prayers and caring.

  • Joan Posted April 6, 2018 8:32 am

    Thank you for this reading today! Important words.

  • Kenneth Miller Posted April 6, 2018 2:06 pm

    Blessings to all,
    The author talks about interruptions in our lives. I wish to share some with you. Within these past two years, I have had an Epiphany of finally discovering what is the most important thing I want to do with my life… to continue the resurrection story that Mark has left for us to fill in. For me, it is to glorify God each and every day.
    There are many ways to do this of course, like with prayer, reading his Holy word and sharing a witness story with someone. I always love spending time thinking about and talking to God everyday. I have been so blessed in my life to have received his light of mercy, love and grace many times. I will gladly share (witness) three of my most life changing events (interruptions) with you. As a recovering Alcoholic, I came to know Jesus’s love, mercy and grace everyday since I became sober 32 years ago. Talk about saving someone’s life! Or when I was diagnosed with bladder cancer 11 years ago and lung cancer 6 years ago. Quarterly and annual tests monitor these areas in my body and by the grace of God I’m still cancer free after the surgeries removed them. Jesus has allowed me to live so far a full and very blessed life. I’m 61 and a retired US Navy Veteran of 20 years who lives in a suburb of Milwaukee, WI.
    I get to thank God everyday and glorify His name (my resurrection continuing purpose) when I do acts of kindness and share with others the blessings of hope, love and finding peace. When I let his light shine in my life, others see it or sense it and God is glorified. I cannot find no greater joy!
    Prayers in love for all.
    Keeping Faith alive,

  • Kenneth Miller Posted April 6, 2018 2:13 pm

    For those of you who read the daily devotional Upper Room like me, you might find it interesting that today marks the 83rd birthday of the founding of the Upper Room in Nashville, TN.
    Keeping faith alive!

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