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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

What would it be like to stop regarding others through human eyes? To, instead, see each person as beloved of God, someone that we are called to love as we love ourselves? I must confess that I find it difficult to imagine myself sitting down with an enemy and knowing deeply that we are both beloved of God.

But Christ calls us to love rather than hate, to open hardened hearts to the fears and pain of other human beings, despite their personal belief system or political view.

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

Today’s Question

Who can support you in practicing love for an enemy? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

“But I say to you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.”
—Matthew 5:44 (NRSVUE)

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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1 Comment

  • Jill Posted March 2, 2024 6:26 am

    Only Christ’s support will enable me to do this well. I very much struggle with seeing (negative) others as being the beloved of Christ. I very much struggle to improve at this. God, work on my heart, do a great thing in me. Thank You for this reminder this morning.
    Ally – I am praying for glimpses of joy and peace to be yours today. I listened to a podcast and heard about “pocketful of happiness”. May you be met with a pocketful of happiness from Him today. Praying too, for Lauren. Impossibly hard news. And I echo your prayers for all caregivers, especially the faithful here. May God be near to their and their loved ones.
    Welcome to March – it seems to have come so quickly. In four weeks – it will be Easter. Father God – draw us closer to You, to Your Son’s bleeding side.

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