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 have become the person I am today because of my wounds and their healing by the Holy One. I believe that my creativity, my capacity for empathy, and my resilience are gifts from my wounding and healing. I now am able to offer these gifts back to the world. I am grateful for the grace that others have given me as I have moved through the healing of my wounds toward becoming “a new creation.” May I offer that same grace to others.

—Beth A. Richardson, Walking in the Wilderness: Seeking God During Lent (Upper Room Books, 2020)

Today’s Question

How have your wounds and their healing moved you toward becoming “a new creation”?
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Today’s Scripture

If anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new!
—2 Corinthians 5:17 (NRSV)

Prayer for the Week

Holy One, my body, soul, and spirit hunger and thirst for you. Here in this barren wilderness, fill me with your living water. Shape me into the one you would have me become. Amen.
Beth A. Richardson,Walking in the Wilderness
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  • robert moeller Posted April 1, 2022 6:12 am

    Perhaps these recent years with Erich are wounds and their healing that are moving me toward becoming “a new creation”, So far so good on prep for moving. New pads and rotors (car brakes) and a new battery have the car in good shape. The first big trip will be on the 8th to my daughter’s.
    Thankful to read about the NEM family. Prayers of thanks for your prayers. My prayers for the varied concerns, issues, health and well being of David&Ally,, and their pets. Thankful items from “Mama’s” home were retrieved. Prayers for Julie and Megan, their new cats, health, church, and well-being. Prayers for Jill, her evaluation at school, Roger’s health, Becky and Don’s visit, Larry and the move to FL. Mounds of schoolwork to grade are now a memory, hope Jill continues to make progress. Changing weather here as well. Rain this morning. Prayers for Ukrainians wherever they are. Putin is a hard nut to crack, efforts at the talks and on the battlefield must continue, hopefully people are rescued from crumbling cities. Thank You, Lord.

  • Julie Posted April 1, 2022 9:09 am

    Oh so many wounds that need to heal. It seems my whole life has caused wounds of one type or another. I need to find a therapist to help them heal.
    We are having trouble with the communication with the foster group that has the kittens we were going to adopt. They never return texts and we are growiing frustrated and are contemplating not adopting from them. We have contacted the group that we adopted A and B from. They are very good at communication and were open to us adopting again. In fact they were quite happy about our contacting them again.
    Prayes for Ally and David and their financial and health issues. Prayers for Jill, Becky, Don, Larry and Roger, may Jill’s review go well and may she whittle away at her pile of grading. Prayers for Roger’s diabetes to finally be controlled. Prayers for Robert’s wounds from Erich and may they continue to receive therapy despite the move.

  • Jill Posted April 1, 2022 11:46 am

    I love these words. They could be my own. During the really hard struggles – one of my mantras was “I know God won’t waste this.” And – He hasn’t. Surely, I am who I am, because I trusted in the process. For sure, there were times of doubt. Times of crying out to Him for immediate change. But – ultimately it had to come down to “not my will, but Thine be done.” And when I couldn’t get myself to that stage – I prayed for the Holy Spirit to get me there…for that was my heart’s desire – but my brain and physical self couldn’t utter those words. All glory to Him. Beauty from ashes.
    Grateful for Friday afternoon to arrive. There is much school work to be done this weekend.
    The sun has poked out – and this boosts me up to finish the day strong. Was able to run this morning, despite snow falling yet again. April Fools – all you who think it is Spring…still some cold left over. But, grateful to be outside with tamer winds.

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