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

Jesus shows us a way to acknowledge the humanity of people, even in the middle of intense conflict. Jesus didn’t crouch down and draw to distract himself from the discomfort of the situation—an instinctual flight response. We know this because of what he said afterward. “Whoever hasn’t sinned should throw the first stone” is the type of wisdom that confronts the moment by holding up a mirror to those involved. It embodies presence. Part of discipleship, which means emulating Jesus, involves learning how to stay present with those who will inevitably disagree with us and express that disagreement in all sorts of ways.

—Tyler Sit, “Diversity,” in Where We Meet: A Lenten Study of Systems, Stories, and Hope (Upper Room Books, 2023)

Today’s Question

When have you stayed present with someone while in conflict with them? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

The legal experts and Pharisees brought a woman caught in adultery. Placing her in the center of the group, they said to Jesus, “Teacher, this woman was caught in the act of committing adultery. In the Law, Moses commanded us to stone women like this. What do you say?” . . . Jesus bent down and wrote on the ground with his finger.
—John 8:3-5, 6 (CEB)

Prayer for the Week

Breath Prayer
Inhale: Jesus, Son of God
Exhale: Have mercy on me, a sinner.
Inhale: Ever-present God
Exhale: May I feel you here.
Inhale: You know me.
Exhale: You love me.
Inhale: You know my neighbors.
Exhale: You love my neighbors.
Inhale: You see me.
Exhale: You see the unseen.
Inhale: Help me to see
Exhale: All your children.
Inhale: God of love
Exhale: May all know your love.
—Prayer by Rachel Gilmore in Where We Meet
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Something More

What is Lent? When is Lent? Why do we set it apart? Learn more about this special season by reading Lent 101.

Lectionary Readings

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  • Jill Posted February 15, 2024 4:01 pm

    I feel like this is a necessary skill to have as a teacher. Staying “with” the student…letting them know you remain in their corner, their supporter – while administering tough love, constructive criticism.
    Furnace continues to be an issue. A repairman out again this morning. I am hoping this evening when I arrive home – there is heat. I have conferences this evening, as well as a parent meeting for the program I teach in. The good news is no school tomorrow and a four day weekend.

  • Rusty Posted February 15, 2024 9:19 pm

    Amen, Jill.

    Prayers for furnace heat tonight.

    Hooray for a long weekend!

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