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

WHEN REGRET begins to rise in me over a harsh word or a sharp tone I’ve used with my children, I remind myself to honor those hard moments as part of the becoming. God calls me into being—continues to create me—through them. I can let go of control, of trying to figure out who I am or what I am meant to do, and trust that in time God will reveal to me the fullness of who I’m being created to be.

—Lauren Burdette
This Life That Is Ours: Motherhood As Spiritual Practice

From page 70 of This Life That Is Ours: Motherhood As Spiritual Practice by Lauren Burdette. Copyright © 2019 by The Upper Room. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. Learn more about or purchase this book.

Today’s Question

What regret do you need to let go of today?  Share your thoughts.

Today’s Scripture

I am confident of this, that the one who began a good work among you will bring it to completion by the day of Jesus Christ.
—Philippians 1:5, NRSV

Prayer for the Week

Here I am, Lord.

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  • Julie Posted April 6, 2019 8:09 am

    Wow, so many. First, marrying h. What would my life be without that horrific choice that has gone so drastically wrong. The whatif that we live with and haunt us.
    Prayers for Andrea and Lowell, may their words be loving.
    Prayers for Betsy and her family, may Harrison grow in her love.
    Prayers for Connie, may her spirit warm with the spring.
    Prayers for Edy and Bill and April.
    Prayers for Jill and her family, may they rest in God’s arms and find peace. May Jill take time for herself so she has more to give in the watching of her mother and support of Larry.
    Prayers for Lou and her daughter, may God lead them to bright futures.
    Prayers for Mary, may her mother continue to improve.
    Prayers for Marcy, may she be settling into her new home.
    Prayers for Robert and Erich, may their life be blesssed in their new home.
    Prayers for Rusty, may his health improve.
    Prayers and blessings and warm hugs dear UR family and thank you again and again for your prayers and kind warms. They mean more to me than you will ever know

    • Mary Ng Shwu Ling Posted April 6, 2019 8:59 am

      Thanks Julie!

      At this moment, I can’t think of any regrets.

      Praying for Edy and Bill.

      May God watch over everyone!


      • Mary Ng Shwu Ling Posted April 6, 2019 9:24 am

        Please pray for my mum. She’s hospitalized again.

        Thank you

    • Lou Posted April 6, 2019 9:08 am

      Prayers for peace for you Julie

  • robert moeller Posted April 6, 2019 8:33 am

    Still waiting for acceptance of my new offer on the condo. It meets the bottom line expressed by the seller.

    Have many regrets, the biggest ones at the moment all deal with how I have dealt with my son. Am working hard to help make the path for him straighter
    in so far as it is my responsibility.

    Thank you Julie for your prayers, your hands and foot, well-being, daughter Megan, and your home life are in my prayers.

    Prayers too for Gloria, Marcy, Edy’s Bill, Andrea and Lowell, and all with health issues. Thankful there are helpers or mutual support for everyone.

    May God’s wisdom, love, mercy, grace, and strength be with all who come to the Upper Room, all who turn to God, and those who have yet come to believe. Thank You, Lord.

    • Lou Posted April 6, 2019 9:07 am

      Prayers for the acceptance of the offer on your potential new home- you have sacrificed much for your son it seems- you are a good father. Blessings and peace to you this day.

  • Connie Posted April 6, 2019 8:43 am

    Oh yes, regrets. I do have many regrets, but not guilt. I gave it my all! God knows my heart and that is all I need.
    Thankful for:
    Ability to extend my left arm almost to full height.
    Got out and about yesterday.
    Heard the birds singing in the darkness….I should sing more.
    Thankful for Julie’s prayers.
    Fast approaching Easter and the joyous Resurrection.

    • Connie Posted April 6, 2019 8:45 am

      “On a hill far away stood an old rugged cross”

    • Lou Posted April 6, 2019 9:05 am

      So glad that you are feeling better and healing-glad that you were out and about -I too was amazed by the birds singing this morning very early. They too are happy that it is getting warmer – it’s been a long winter!

  • Lou Posted April 6, 2019 9:18 am

    Continued prayers for Edy and Bill, for Jill and her mother and family, for Mary and her mum and dad, for Andrea, Betsy, Sara, April, Francesca, Chloe and Paige and for Rusty. Special prayers for Allison, Vanessa and Kurt, Martha and her renewed joy, and prayers of healing for Charlotte, and her loved ones Juanita and Maria. God we so need your healing and help along this journey.
    I have regrets that I was not able to keep my family together – I feel that I failed my children terribly- this was not the life that I brought them into or raised them with- I taught them something much different and I regret that I let them down and caused/cause them pain and heartache. I regret the issues that I contributed to that led to the failure of my marriage. I would’ve done anything to work towards keeping the marriage together and I regret that I was not given that chance – I pray that one day the regrets and pain will lessen. I pray for God to continue to guide me toward that better place.
    Prayers for all who come to the ur today

    • Mary Ng Shwu Ling Posted April 6, 2019 10:03 pm

      Thanks Lou!

      May God heal you and your children!


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