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

Love is absolutely at the heart of the gospel—the life, teaching, death, and resurrection of Jesus. I want us to think about love as communion, as the experience of community, as Jesus reaching out to people through people. If God is love, then God’s people make God’s love visible.

—Kenneth H. Carter Jr., A Beginner’s Guide to Practicing Scriptural Imagination (Upper Room Books, 2020)

Today’s Question

As you experience God’s love, how can you make that love visible to other people? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.
—John 15:12 (NRSV)

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Open my eyes that I may see glimpses of truth. Amen.
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  • Jill Posted March 10, 2020 3:48 am

    Making God’s love visible to others – interaction is the key. Intentional, meaningful conversation where listening is evident and abundant. Consideration is extended and acceptance is obvious. Following up with a person, recalling things of significance to them. These are things others have gifted to me and I want to pass them on.
    Very mild temperatures yesterday welcomed me as I took a walk after school. I remembered to look in my front flower bed and sure enough, it looks like the tulips and hyacinth people gave me last year when mom passed are making their way up out of the ground. I will keep my eye on them.
    Exchanged some emails with my tennis doubles partner – she has a lot of regret over not searching out medical attention earlier for her mom. I am worried this is going to be a stumbling block for her. I tried to encourage her, saying her mom would not want her living with this regret.
    Prayers for the concerns of our group here. May the Lord guide us in our day to day activities, as we seek to share His love.

  • robert moeller Posted March 10, 2020 7:19 am

    Jill, thankful for your insight and well worded explanation. Being fully present, listening whole heartedly, and then taking appropriate action are ways I hope to show God’s love to others.
    In the case of your tennis player friend, knowing what and when to do something is not always easy. Not knowing the situation well, perhaps there are other factors involved. Certainly I pray God’s peace comes to her.
    Seeing hyacinth and tulips peeking out of the ground are wondrous sights no matter how many times we see it happen. Warm here too, possibly the last day skiing, temps are very warm.
    My daughter’s birthday today, 44 years ago in now far off Korea. It was the start of a happy and busy weekend and many wonderful years since then.
    Prayers always for the UR family. Health, safety, well-being, consolation, reconciliation, comfort, and God’s peace, love, mercy and grace to you. Thank You, LORD.

  • Julie Posted March 10, 2020 8:39 am

    Suck wonderful insights from Jill and Robert. Some examples come to my mind as I cannot add to their sage advice. One is the hotel Megan and I stay at when we visit my mom. I have forged relationships with many of those who work there and remember important things about them and their loved ones. Megan wants to try another hotel and I keep evading the decision. I enjoy these friendships and I believe they do as well. They seek me out and greet me heartily. They introduce me to new people they like on the staff knowing I will be kind to them. My stays are enriched by these relationships and even thinking of them now warms my heart. I pray for each every day.
    Prayers for Jill and her flowers, may they bring her joy. Prayers for her tennis friend, may she realize that we are not responsible for other adults’ health choices.
    Prayers for Robert and his daughter, may they both enjoy this birthday anniversary. Your reminisences remind me of Megan’s birth and how hectic those days can be but also how serene. Your sentiment at the end of your comments is beautiful.
    Prayers for Rick, may he not suffer burnout from so much studying.
    Prayers and thank you UR

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