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

Sometimes, O God, my thirst for you
is pushed aside, ignored,
or simply quenched by something other—
something more reasonable,
something more popular—than you.
But you never go away,
never stop,
never leave the depths of me.
Like an underground spring,
you are fresh and free,
breaking through.
Help me prepare a place for you in the caverns of my soul.

—Pamela C. Hawkins, The Awkward Season: Prayers for Lent
(Upper Room Books, 2009)

Today’s Question

How can you prepare a place for God “in the caverns” of your soul? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

As a deer longs for flowing streams,
so my soul longs for you, O God.
My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.
When shall I come and behold the face of God?
—Psalm 42:1-2 (NRSV)

Prayer for the Week

O loving Christ who waits for us all to move forward, to change inward, to love outward. Wait now with me as I long and learn to become more like you. Guide me to wait with the lost, to stand with the weak, to have a heart for the brokenhearted. Amen.
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  • Julie Posted March 23, 2023 10:00 am

    Yesterday was Bible Study and a man from church joined us. I know him and his wife from church as they are both very friendly. He added a much needed different perspective, wisdom and knowlege set to the discussion. I hope he continues to participate. In the afternoon I had my therapy appointment and I spent much of the time processing my appointment with the nephrologist. It was a horrible situation spent being bullied and traumatized. Finally at the end I learned that my kidney function has returned to normal so I walked out and ignored their protestations to make my now yearly appointment. I stood up for myself throughout and they bulldozed right through every boundary I attempted to enforce. It was the worst I have ever been treated by a so called medical professional.

  • Jill Posted March 23, 2023 5:52 pm

    I can prepare that space for Him by taking an honest assessment of myself, looking at what remains unsurrendered, unyielded – and prayerfully take it to Him, seeking His assistance. I can remain immersed in the Word, intentional about stilling my spirit and mind, and coming before Him.
    I met Becky after work and did some brief shopping and then went to a Mexican restaurant by my house. She came back to my house for a bit, saw how much the kittens have grown and then headed out to her grandson’s lacrosse game, hoping the rain holds off.
    An easy day at work – so nice to be ahead of the game. I have the remaining weeks prior to Spring Break fully planned out. It’s a good place to be.
    Heading to bed early – as each day after school there has been something. Pretty much all good things, but I am tired.

  • Ally Posted March 24, 2023 12:59 am

    I ask God to give me a thirst for God, so that my heart can be prepared, even in the darkest places.
    Though letting Lewis go was absolutely the right thing and what was best for him, we miss him terribly. He was the world’s best boy. We will ago on, but his passing leaves a hole in our hearts.

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