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 learned that living this long means accepting whatever that oldest age brings and deepening these years with enrichment and joy. In this way, I can be a witness to others who will, like me, live long lives.

—Richard L. Morgan, Light of Setting Suns: Reflecting on Realities and Mysteries at Ninety Years of Life (Upper Room Books, 2021)

Today’s Question

What can you do to accept the changes that come with aging and to make your life more joyful?  Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

Wisdom will multiply your days
and add years to your life.

—Proverbs 9:11, NLT

Prayer for the Week

Lord of all ages, I feel blessed that you have given me these
bonus years. Help me to live each day as if it were my last,
redeeming whatever time remains. Amen.
Submit your prayer to The Upper Room.

Something More

Find out how author Richard L. Morgan has stayed resilient into his 90s despite the many losses that accompany later life. Read more about him here.

Lectionary Readings

(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)

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  • Julie Posted March 16, 2021 8:32 am

    Yesterday I spoke about rejoining a church and volunteering. These will enrich my life today as well as in the future. I feel compelled to wait until I am vaccinated. Another idea that helps me accept my aging body is a quote from Whoopie Goldberg. I used to watch the View and one day they were celebrating Whoopie’s birthday and she replied to a question regarding aging and the aches and pains accompanying the process. She said”It beats the alternative.”
    Prayers for Ally and David, may David return home stronger and steadier. May Ally’s health improve and may her doctor’s determine the source of her GI issues. Prayers for Lewis kitty, may he regain his appetite and grow stronger. Try the kitty food in tubes, at the end that is all Tazzie would eat and he was the same as your Lewis, he would not eat after an illness.
    Prayers for Jill and Larry, may the sunshine continue to warm Larry’s emotions and health. May Jill and her students have another successful day. There is an articlle in the Washington Post today from a high school teacher near Boston. It is quite moving and if you would like I can send you a link.
    Prayers for April and Lou, may they and their families stay safe and well.
    Prayers for Marcy and Lucy, may Marcy continue to grow stronger physically and emotionally.
    Dear Lord, please be with Robert.
    Prayers and thank you to the UR administrators.

  • Jill Posted March 16, 2021 5:18 pm

    I think about if/when my condition accelerates and I am no longer able to be active – that will be a massive blow and a significant change. I try to appreciate all the more my ability to be active and competitive now. I look at my dad – and so many of his peers admire the great shape he is in. He is a witness in his physical health, his mental acuity, his emotional outlook. When this pandemic passes – he will re-blossom to his full self.
    Prayers for Ally as David comes home today. May Lewis kitty perk up all the more and all settle in to their routines.
    Sure, Julie – I will take a look at the article.
    Today was very busy. My “B” days are so much more hectic than my “A” days. We are on a block schedule – first time ever for me – and on B days I teach from 9:40-3:15 with no break. I did sneak out before my last class to take a quick bathroom break. My A days are a breeze – and tomorrow even more so as one of my classes has a quiz.
    The rain stayed away today and I walked out of school to 63 degrees and sun. Took a walk after dinner, despite being very tired. Just couldn’t pass up the warm temps.

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