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

We are each on a journey toward healing to one degree or another. Though I’ve made incredible progress in my journey of healing from childhood trauma, I am not fully healed from that event and have just begun journeys of healing from other events in my life. And there will be things that happen in the future for which I will need healing. That’s why I return to stillness again and again. I know that I will be able to fulfill my calling only by sitting with God, allowing God to redeem my pain, and being reminded that I am beloved. From there I can practice living as one who is beloved.

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

Today’s Question

How have you experienced God’s presence in your journey toward healing?
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Today’s Scripture

He himself bore our sins in his body on the cross, so that, free from sins, we might live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed.
—1 Peter 2:24 (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 12, 2022 5:52 am

    Sometimes it’s just a subtle feeling, a sensation or an awareness. Twice it was a very strong awe inspiring period of time that made me lie still. Being aware of the need for healing is important. Consciously or unconsciously we need healing of some sort almost constantly. That God is always available is precious.
    Another step forward yesterday, Pearl is in good shape and has all her needed shots. She can be boarded when we go to the Poconos. Furniture pickup is this Saturday. That will lighten the load.
    Deciding the route to take for our visit is next.
    Thank You, Lord.

  • Lou Posted April 12, 2022 8:09 am

    Yes- our need for God and His healing grace is with us everyday. Some days the need feels greater than others. But God is always with us if we but reach out to Him and even when we fail to do so- He is always near.
    Everyday you seem to be making progress Robert- prayers for you and your family. Prayers for the regular posters – Jill, Julie and Allie and their continued cares and concerns. Prayers for all who come to this place looking for healing and God’s peace. Prayers for healing and peace in our world especially during this Holy Week.

  • Julie Posted April 12, 2022 9:22 am

    I suddenly feel ready to tackle the daunting task of healing. I feel that God has brought me to this readiness place and that he has put opportunities for growth in my path. Several podcasts I did not know about have been revealed to me and they have been tremendously helpful and uplifting and affirming. I am now not alone in my suffering from past and present trauma.
    I went to the podiatrist yesterday and found out why I am in so much pain. I have three broken toes on one foot and stress fractures in the other. I now have a walking shoe and rigid shoe inserts. Sigh.
    Prayers for Ally and David, Jill and Roger, Lou and her family and Robert and Pearl. And yes Lou, lest’s not forget that there are those who read yet do not comment. We pray for you also.

  • Ally Posted April 12, 2022 3:31 pm

    Every time I have experienced healing, I have felt God present in that healing. It might have been through a word brought by a friend, a Holy Spirit nudge while reading scripture or engaging in Bible study or prayer. Sometimes it is through a hymn or song that I read or sing. Healing can happen when e open ourselves to God’s healing. It is hard to be vulnerable. I have to work on this every day.
    I have decided that even though I’m seeking disability, I can work a few hours a week. Working this week on tailoring my résumé to different types of jobs and working onour guest room so it can be used as office space. I have a lot of anxiety about applying for jobs and doing interviews. Actually, it’s anxiety about the whole process. This is the first time I have experienced debilitating job hunting anxiety. I try to remember God is with me. David’s biopsy is Thursday. He is a little anxious about that as well.
    Robert, good to hear that Pearl is in good shape. Prayers for you and you work on the process of moving. Lou, thank you for your wisoand the reminder we do not journey alone. Julie, prayers that your fractures heal well nprIse God you are in this place of readiness.
    Don’t know if everyone reads the UR devotional, but the writer of today’s entry addresses feeling beloved by God and the acceptance of God’s help and healing. The writer is also author of today’s blog entry. Prayers for peace and the agencies giving help to the Ukrainian people. Lord, give feet to our prayers. Blessings to all.

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