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

For us to care about ourselves, others, and the rest of creation, we must recognize and claim our belovedness. But as we’re learning through this study, owning our belovedness is a process. In the end, it’s really a process of healing from pain and trauma, healing from the lies and messages we’ve received and internalized, healing our relationship with our bodies, healing our relationship with others, and, perhaps most importantly, healing our understanding of God.

—Kristen E. Vincent, We Are Beloved: A Lenten Journey with Protestant Prayer Beads (Upper Room Books, 2019)

Today’s Question

What has been the process of owning your belovedness? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

[Love] bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
—1 Corinthians 13:7 (NRSV)

Prayer for the Week

God of love, who invites me to this journey with your Beloved Son, open my heart to accept your invitation. Hear my concerns about this journey. Help me to learn the way of the beloved. Let me know I am beloved. In the name of Jesus, who reveals the way to your heart. Amen.
Kristen E. Vincent, We Are Beloved
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  • robert moeller Posted April 11, 2022 5:33 am

    The idea of owning my belovedness is a new concept for me. I think more of accepting the gift God offers through belief in Jesus Thank You, Jesus, for gift of love offered to me and the redemption, salvation of my soul
    through Your sacrifice. You do for us what we can not do for ourselves.
    Home safe and sound yesterday. Thank You, Lord. Holy Week Lenten focused hymns study tomorrow. As Christians we remember and celebrate the days that make our salvation possible. Thank You, Lord.
    Use of direction finding on my phone helped me find my way home. Thank You, Lord. More progress preparing for our trip to the Poconos. Thankful for that too.
    Glad to read posts from Ally&David, Julie. and Jill yesterday during a break from driving Have a blessed Holy Week.

  • Julie Posted April 11, 2022 8:48 am

    I recently bought a workbook that will help me to do this. It involves healing from past trauma and slowly healing oneself and eventually looking forward to a better future.
    Yesterday Megan and I went to the Phipps Conservatory for their spring show. It was beautiful and the smell of all those tulips, daffodils and hyacinths was intoxicating.
    Prayers for Ally and David’s finances and health , especially David’s biopsy. Prayers for Jill’s upcoming spring break to be restorative. Prayers for an uneventful move for Robert.

  • Jill Posted April 11, 2022 1:30 pm

    This reading made me think of you Julie. I will be prayerful as you progress through the workbook. Sensing and properly owning our belovedness is a gift from God. May the Spirit guide you as you move towards full acceptance of this gift.
    Part of my process was certainly maturity. Out of that has grown an empathy for others. For others to try to grasp how significantly other this can be. Like nothing in this world. It can’t be compared to tangible things. It must be tended to and sensed deep within.
    A very dreary day here, lots of rain and even some rumbles of thunder.
    Today is my “B” day – which means I have two blocks/classes in the morning, the second of which has the twins in it. Immediately after this – the male twin has lunch – so he remains in my room to work with me. I then have a 50 minute break and the other twin comes in during her lunch to work with me. I must be very mindful of patience and my tone as I work with them.
    Glad your trip and visit were safe and successful Robert. Julie – glad you have time with Megan at such an enjoyable thing. I am trying to manifest all those scents in my mind. Ally – prayers as you continue to await news regarding assistance and job prospects.
    Holy Week greetings to everyone.

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