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

Yet anger needs not only to be recognized and allowed; like the grief, it eventually needs to be transformed into an energy that serves compassion. Maybe one reason I had avoided my anger was that like a lot of people I had thought there were only two responses to anger: to deny it or to strike out thoughtlessly. But other responses are possible. We can allow anger’s enormous energy to lead us to acts of resistance against patriarchy. Anger can fuel our ability to challenge, to defy injustice. It can lead to creative projects, constructive behavior, acts that work toward inclusion. In such ways anger becomes a dynamism of love.

—Sue Monk Kidd, “A Motivating Force,” Anger: Minding Your Passion, compiled by Amy Lyles Wilson (Fresh Air Books, 2010)

Today’s Question

How might your anger be transformed into a motivating force for justice? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

Learn to do good;
seek justice,
rescue the oppressed,
defend the orphan,
plead for the widow.
—Isaiah 1:17 (NRSVUE)

Prayer for the Week

Almighty God, search me and know me. Shine a light on my innermost thoughts and feelings, even those I try to hide. Give me courage to name the sources of my anger and wisdom to learn from them. Amen.
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1 Comment

  • robert moeller Posted June 28, 2024 6:39 am

    YES!!! IF the energy of anger can be purposed to constructive, helpful, loving tasks then that is the best result that can occur. Lord, may the positive aspect of anger be put to use to being about Your kingdom.
    Thankful the car is restored, preparations for worship this week and next are ready. Lovely nice weather today, cooler temps and a nice breeze to go with sun and clouds.
    Blessings to all. It has been a busy, but good, week. Thank You, Lord

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