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

I recently talked to my director about the anger and hurt I felt at my workplace due to a poorly communicated change in my role and responsibilities. I used the word betrayal. But as I expressed my anger, my director asked if perhaps there was an element of fear or loss to consider in this scenario. Indeed, this question became a Lookout Point signpost that helped me see beyond the face of anger to a new perspective on my fear of losing my job, coupled with my perceived loss of status. The view of that fear led to a completely different conversation and awareness of God working with me and in me to calm the storm.

—Marsha Crockett, Sacred Conversation: Exploring the Seven Gifts of Spiritual Direction (Upper Room Books, 2022)

Today’s Question

Who helps you notice signposts on your spiritual pilgrimage? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

But if we walk in the light as he himself is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin.
—1 John 1:7, NRSV

Prayer for the Week

Holy God, thank you for the gift of spiritual direction and for someone to accompany me on my journey of growing closer to you. Help me to remain open to suggestions my spiritual director offers and to pay attention to signs of your presence. Amen.
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Something More

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Lectionary Readings

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  • Julie Posted February 16, 2023 9:43 am

    I can’t think of anyone that performs this function for me. My therapist is very good at pointing out my growth and signposts on my walk towards mental and emotional health.
    Yesterday was Bible Study, again, without our pastor who is still in the Holy Land with a group of church members. It is rewarding to enjoy time with just the group of women as we all bring our own perspectives to the discussion. Yesterday was also my therapy session. It was very affirning in that she commented that several steps I have taken with h and Megan are because of my healing. I no longer allow myself to be a doormat for others but I instead stand firm in my decisions and protect my health both physically and emotionally.
    Prayers for Ally’s sister and her husband, may she quickly find a new job with insurance coverage.

  • robert moeller Posted February 16, 2023 8:13 pm

    I too have no signpost notifier. I’m trying to adjust to posting later in the day, it will take some time.
    Glad to read of Julie’s progress in several areas. Yes, prayers for Julie, Megan, and h, Ally’s sister an her husband.
    Worship planning through Easter in progress. A special service this Sunday with a guest worship team. Our lay pastor in training has Covid. Thankfully she has all her shots.
    Prayers and blessings to all the NEM family. Thank You, Lord.

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