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

Jesus comes to each one of us through his Spirit, walks alongside us, and desires to enter into conversation with us. He wants to know about the dark thoughts and feelings in our hearts. He opens our minds to words of scripture so that they speak directly and personally to our situations. He makes himself known to us as bread is broken and wine is poured. In moments like these, our hearts also begin to burn again with new faith and hope and love.

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

Today’s Question

In what situations has Jesus come to you and made your heart burn anew? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

They said to each other, “Were not our hearts burning within us while he was talking to us on the road, while he was opening the scriptures to us?”
—Luke 24:32 (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 5, 2024 6:05 am

    This very moment is one of them. Today’s reflection and the words from the people who met Jesus on the way to Emmaus. Progress resolving issues with Erich is another. Thankful that God is with us always. Looks like it will be a good day to go skiing one last time this season. It’s a white wonderland out there, but roads are all clear. Prayers for all of NEM MEMBERS, Hope my posts are visible. Thank You Lord.

  • Rusty Posted April 5, 2024 9:23 am

    Ditto your comment yesterday, April. On that topic I find that other people often don’t know how to cope with our expressing vulnerability and it makes them uncomfortable enough to turn away. Then, I find my remaining refuge and certainly my most reliable refuge is Jesus.

    For today’s question I think my answer is along the same lines. A combination of soaking in scripture and knowing I can turn to Jesus when other people find it difficult to engage in painful situations – that’s when Jesus has caused my heart to burn anew.

    What a blessing it is that this forum (what Jill has called “this sacred place” ) offers safety and care when our UR family members need one another.

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