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

Let us think a bit more about angels. On the one hand, they sometimes come to us in a very human way. They may come in the form of a loved one with whom we can talk about those stones that harden our hearts, as a good friend who keeps encouraging us to reach out for new life, or as a stranger who enters our life unexpectedly with wisdom and insight that shed light on our darkness. These people act for us as messengers from God who bring resurrection hope into our deadness.

On the other hand, angels from the Lord may come in a more spiritual way. They may appear in a significant dream that lights up an obstacle that prevents us from living fully, in a wide-awake vision that strengthens us to do what we need to do, or in a surprise thought that pops into our minds, suggesting possibilities that we had not thought of before. Sometimes the angel may come to us in the words of a Gospel reading like the Eastertide verses we are thinking about now.

—Trevor Hudson, Pauses for Pentecost: 50 Words for Easter People (Upper Room Books, 2018)

Today’s Question

Was there ever a moment when you experienced life and light and hope touching you in your darkness? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

The angel said to the women [Mary Magdalene and the other Mary], “Do not be afraid; I know that you are looking for Jesus who was crucified. He is not here; for he has been raised, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay.”
—Matthew 28:5-6 (NRSVUE)

Prayer for the Week

Lord Jesus Christ, breathe the freshness of your Spirit into us that we may come alive again.
[prayer by Trevor Hudson in Pauses for Pentecost]
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  • robert moeller Posted April 1, 2024 8:05 am

    Trying to identify a specific moment when this happened, when I had my “heart warming” experience, is difficult. I do remember very vividly two experiences when i felt that God made His presence known to me. I think these experiences are the most important, Thank You, Lord.
    Had a joyous Easter, hope all who come here did as well. Will notify The Upper Room that
    “awaiting moderation” continues.

  • Rusty Posted April 1, 2024 10:46 am

    Prayers on the way, Ally, for you and David.

    In response to today’s question, I have to say I have experienced life and light from God touching me in the darkness more often than I can remember. It happens in prayer sometimes when I cry out in despair to God,; it also happens when I do my daily Bible reading (usually at night before I go to sleep). I find I can count on God to give me the tidbit I need to fall asleep. Then, as the Psalmist says, things feel better the next morning in the light of day. I often turn to the Lord’s Prayer, psalm 23 or Philippians 4 to carry me through.

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