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

The term body positivity may be new to you. At its root, body positivity is a social movement that makes this claim: All bodies are good bodies. It says no to our mainstream culture that values thin, White, heterosexual, cisgender, able-bodied bodies over and above all others. The body positivity we discuss in this book is not a shallow affirmation of our appearance or a platitude that can be captured in an Instagram post. Body positivity, in this book, is an act of radical self-love.

—Anne Cummings, My Body Is Good: Giving Up Diet Culture and Embracing Body Positivity for Lent (Upper Room Books, 2022)

Today’s Question

Why do you think the second greatest commandment tells us to love our neighbor as we love ourselves? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

[Jesus] responded, “You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your being, with all your strength, and with all your mind, and love your neighbor as yourself.”
—Luke 10:27 (CEB)

Prayer for the Week

God of new beginnings, help me to
acknowledge, perhaps for the first time,
the beliefs about my body that I have
held for so long. Guide me in sorting
which beliefs are helpful and which are
harmful. Lead me back to you and
to this body that you called good. Amen.
Submit your prayer to The Upper Room.

Something More

Join us on March 18, 2023, for an online Academy Day Apart retreat, where we will focus on the spiritual practices of silence and contemplation as we journey intentionally through this Lenten season. We will be guided by Gabby Cudjoe-Wilkes and Andrew Wilkes, authors of Psalms for Black Lives. In our time together during this retreat, Gabby and Andrew will help us engage the Psalms to create a laboratory of justice imagination. Learn more and register here.

Lectionary Readings

(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)

Transfiguration Sunday

Looking for lectionary-based resources? Learn more about The Upper Room Disciplines.


  • Julie Posted February 23, 2023 9:24 am

    Because common thinkiing is that we love ourselves unconditionally and fiercely. However, most of us have a love/hate relationship with ourselves and especially with our bodies. We tend to be more critical of ourselves while showing compassion to others in the same situation. I have a particularly difficult relationship with my body.
    Yesterday was a trying day with h. I had therapy and was able to process his actions and my feelings and formulate an action plan moving forward. We did not have Bible Study so I did some errands.

  • Jill Posted February 23, 2023 11:03 am

    The assumption is that we are quite fond of ourselves and will defend and protect ourselves to the extreme. That we would demonstrate that much care to others – this is the call of Christ on our lives.
    Beautifully sunny here again, and as I walk past the window outside my classroom door – I see students and a teacher out in the courtyard, working in the sun. This also happened last week. Pretty much unheard of for February around these parts.
    An easier day at school today, as I only had one morning class. The program in which I teach is putting on a forum this afternoon for future students, parents and leaders in our district this afternoon. Grateful to have this time to catch up on grading.
    Looking forward to my appointment with my spiritual director after school. Our time together is holy and I walk away with things to consider.
    Julie praying for you daily – that your mental, emotional, physical and spiritual strength will be sufficient for the day.

  • robert moeller Posted February 23, 2023 5:04 pm

    If we love our neighbor as we are supposed to love ourselves we are truly loving in the same way God loves us, unconditionally. Yes, we can be and are tough on ourselves. I think both males and females do this, not in the same way, but for some of the same reasons
    Prayers for Julie and her caregiving, having a good plan is very helpful. I pray you have support as well. You are doing very well. Thankful for news of Jill’s activities. Good news from school. Thankful you have positives from interaction with your spiritual director. Day two of 40 days with the Messiah. I found a recording of just the instrumental music and appreciate that. Scripture and reflection go well with it. 5” of snow, possibly more by morning. It will stay below freezing so this nice fluffy snow will stay fluffy. Snowshoeing in the morning.
    I appreciate reading your posts and am slowly adjusting some of my QT to the evening . Thank You, Lord.

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