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

To age faithfully requires that you practice forgiveness in response to God’s forgiveness of you. However, you know from experience that talking about forgiveness in the abstract is far easier than doing it. . . . Certainly, some behaviors feel harder to forgive than others. Acknowledge the reality of what happened, the pain that it caused, and how it affected your life. Revisiting these wounds can be painful, and you may want to speak with a trusted friend, family member, or pastor about your feelings. Once you have taken time to grieve, ask the Spirit to lead you out of the wilderness of unforgiveness.

—Missy Buchanan, From Dry Bones to Living Hope: Embracing God’s Faithfulness in Late Life (Upper Room Books, 2021)

Today’s Question

Who can you ask to support you on your journey of forgiveness? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ has forgiven you.
—Ephesians 4:32 (NRSVUE)

Prayer for the Week

Gracious God, open our eyes to see the gifts of this season of life. May we seek your wisdom and pursue our holy purpose with authentic hearts. Amen.
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Lectionary Readings

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  • Rusty Posted January 23, 2024 7:02 am

    I can (and should) ask Jesus for help with forgiveness. Sadly, though, he is not usually for first stop when I realize my need to forgive.

    Second, I am blessed with an insightful, candid and compassionate spiritual director. He is always helpful in helping me adjust my perspectives, persist in self assessment, and find a big picture way to imagine my circumstances. Again, though, too often I neglect to reach out to him until my need to forgive has too long festered.

    Finally, and first for all practical purposes in my life, I seek written resources about forgiveness when I realize I need to forgive. This means googling the words “bible”, “forgive” and then one or more other words that provide context in my situation requiring forgiveness. This reliably leads to Bible passages to read, sometimes commentary, sometimes book titles that I can download on the Hoopla or Libby eReadrers from the library. It can be hit and miss like any internet search, though.
    Again, though, starting with Jesus would be best.

  • Rusty Posted January 23, 2024 9:54 am

    Jill – looking back to your thoughtful comments from a couple of days ago. Please know that we never encounter anything like bruskness from you here and we so appreciate your openness and compassion that you graciously express here. We are grateful to you. Praise God for this place and these UR family members with whom we may be vulnerable and help-seeking.
    Jill, your words that especially hit home for me were “I must be especially careful when stressed or overly tired.” Amen to that. Thank you for gently reminding me that I need similarly to be especially careful.

  • Jill Posted January 23, 2024 11:36 am

    Jesus must be my “go to” if I expect my forgiveness to be wholesome and complete. Forgiving, in my own strength, is quite lacking and finite. I, too, so appreciate my spiritual director – who listens well, guides me back in the right direction and supports me prayerfully. Looking forward to our next time together, next week.
    Rusty – thank you for your words. This space is safe because of the kindred, prayerful souls which gather here.
    A rainy, gloomy day here. Several schools were closed or delayed due to freezing rain, but not my school system. Was a touch treacherous making it from the parking area into the building, but I had no issues while driving. My walkway from my backdoor to the garage wasn’t exactly easy either.
    Tonight is the last home swimming meet of the year – “senior night” – and I am going to support several of my senior students. Then, off to my god son’s game – about 50 minutes away. I told the kittens when I left this morning it would be a long day for them. And for me too.
    Fighting just a touch of a cold or throat something. Nighttime cold medicine helps me stay asleep. Cough drops get me through the day. Covid is still active here. Several students of the robotics team have tested positive – they were at a competition on Saturday. And a few teachers are out with it also.

    • Andrea Posted January 25, 2024 10:48 am

      Jill, I’m praying that you don’t have Covid, that you are sleeping well, and that you are not in pain. Blessings.

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