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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

 

Today’s Reflection

AS WE LEARN to be empowered in our gentleness, open to God, one another, ourselves, by our very existence we expand the realm of the meek, who have been promised the whole earth. And even now, even before the realm of the open, the gentle, the expectant, covers the earth, as each of us individually opens to and enters into God’s gentle power, we already have inherited the earth of God’s vision. We already are rooted and grounded in the world of God’s will.

—Flora Slosson Wuellner, Forgiveness the Passionate Journey: Nine Steps of Forgiving through Jesus’ Beatitudes (Upper Room Books, 2001)

Today’s Question

How can you extend God’s gentleness today? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.
—Matthew 5:5 (NRSV)

Prayer for the Week

Holy One, give me guidance to listen, clarity to address my pain, and strength to forgive.
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Something More

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Lectionary Readings

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3 Comments

  • Jill Posted January 24, 2020 3:51 am

    By being “tuned in” to others – looking for opportunities to listen well, respond compassionately.
    Grateful for the praises here from this group – encouraging news regarding Julie’s mom’s living situation and Rick feeling well with his new medication. Thank You, Father – for opportunities to praise You for specific occurrences in our lives. Thank You for those You place on our path – who display Your love, gentleness and compassion. May we be used similarly.

  • Julie Posted January 24, 2020 8:11 am

    I think the first thing the author speaks of is how I extend God’s gentleness. I need to first be gentle with myself. If I am not in a good place within myself, unable to be kind even to myself then how can I truly extend kindness to others, selflessly and willingly and abundantly?
    Prayers for Jill and her continued lack of symptoms.
    Prayers for Rick and praise to Gos for his new medication working effectively.
    Prayers for Robert as he continues his railroad work and his relationship work with Erich.
    Prayers for Andrea and her family relationships.
    Prayers for Lou, for emotional healing.
    Prayers for Joyce and her family. Prayers for April, BJ and her mother, Connie, Mary and Marcy, may alll be well.
    Prayers and thank you UR

  • robert moeller Posted January 24, 2020 1:36 pm

    Jill wrote, “By being “tuned in” to others – looking for opportunities to listen well, respond compassionately.”

    Julie wrote, “I think the first thing the author speaks of is how I extend God’s gentleness. I need to first be gentle with myself. If I am not in a good place within myself, unable to be kind even to myself then how can I truly extend kindness to others, selflessly and willingly and abundantly?”

    Thank you Jill and Julie. I agree wholeheartedly. Being patient and continuing to offer support and assistance are aspects that I try to exhibit.

    I am very thankful today top hear from many friends I met many years ago in Korea. Korean Lunar New Year is this weekend and I was delighted to hear from them.. A special blessing was seeing my friend and his family and reading notes from former students.

    Dear UR family, you remain in my prayers. Thank You, Lord.

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