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 forgive other people for being able to give us only a little love—that is a hard discipline. To keep asking others for forgiveness because we can give only a little love—that is a hard discipline, too. It hurts to say to our children, to our wife or our husband, to our friends, that we cannot give them all we would like to give. And it is a hard discipline to offer forgiveness to others even when they are not able to receive that forgiveness. Still, offering and receiving forgiveness is where community begins to be created. Community forms when we come together in a forgiving and undemanding way.

—Henri J.M. Nouwen with John S. Mogabgab, Editor, A Spirituality of Living (The Henri Nouwen Legacy Trust, published in partnership with Upper Room Books, 2011)

Today’s Question

Why do you think Henri Nouwen emphasized forgiveness as the beginning of community? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

[Jesus said] Forgive others, and God will forgive you.
—Luke 6:37 (GNT)

Prayer for the Week

Dear God, We look to your Son Jesus as our example of a balanced life—solitude, community, and ministry. Help us to know our belovedness in you and to spread the message of your love. Amen.
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Something More

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Lectionary Readings

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  • robert moeller Posted January 13, 2023 8:21 am

    Henri Nouwen emphasized forgiveness as the beginning of community because God loves us even as sinners. God welcomes a broken, contrite heart. Jesus, Emanuel, God with us forgave those who crucified Him saying, they know not what they do.
    Snow yesterday, if you want to ski you have to do it when it is snowing Today it’s raining all day -as much as an inch. it’s a warmer wetter winter.
    Progress with paperwork for our annual charge conference.
    Have to catch up with NEM.

  • robert moeller Posted January 13, 2023 9:20 am

    Continued GOOD NEWS from NEM! David and Larry doing well with PT or a healing knee. Lewis eating and drinking. Jill in warmer climes with her family, a contract at school and better, safer conditions. Hope Julie is doing well, caring for H is a task. Amazing how that one line from Mary perked us all up! Thank you Mary! Fellowship is a wonderful blessing. God is with is always, Thank You, Lord.

  • Julie Posted January 13, 2023 9:23 am

    Because he recognized that we cannot truly commune together if we hold animosity for someone in our hearts. To authentically exist in community with others we must come together authentically.
    Yesterday was the coregiver’s support group meeting in the morning and grocery shopping in the afternoon. It was also a day filled with dealing with h’s confusion and hallucinations. He was particularly bad yesterday. I pray today is not a repeat. Megan is suffering from a very bad cold. She feels fine but sounds very bad.

  • Ally Posted January 13, 2023 10:59 am

    Forgiveness (The Lord knows I’m not good at it) can build a foundation and make way for the openness and unconditional love required for healthy community. I watch a video on YouTube in which the speaker advised when we pray, to release to God our feelings of bitterness. This is a daily step for me, because I give these feelings to God one day, and the next day, they are dogging me again. I must conquer each day.
    David is working hard, according to his therapists. Pray this trend continues. Pray for the towns damaged by yesterday’s storms, and for those whose loved ones were killed. A funnel cloud was spotted near David’s rehab facility but thankfully, no touchdowns. A couple of towns not too far away sustained heavy damage. 7 people killed.
    Prayers for Larry as he continues to rehab his knee. Prayers for Jill to be rested and refreshed from her time in Florida. Prayers for Robert as he continues completion of paperwork for charge conference. Prayers for Julie as she cares for H. Give her what she needs, Lord. Prayers for healing for Megan. Thanks to Robert and Julie for your insight into today’s question. Thanks to our NEM community for the mutual live and support. As the old hymn, Blessed Be The Tie That Binds, days, We share our mutual burdens and often for each other flows a sympathizing Tear.

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