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

Oftentimes, we are not alone in hearing a local cry for help, and we are wise to collaborate in our reply. One local spiritual pioneer, hearing the pain of divorce in their community, gathered local leaders from the fields of mental health, education, health care, and representative faith groups to address marital health issues in a proactive way. Together, they formed a collective rotating premarital education series for couples. The whole effort knit together dozens of new partnerships, and the entire community benefited as more couples entered marriage better prepared for the journey.

—Ben Ingebretson, Plant Like Jesus: The Church Planter’s Devotional (Upper Room Books, 2020)

Today’s Question

When you hear a cry for help, who can you collaborate with for greater benefit to the entire community? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

I love the LORD, because he has heard
my voice and my supplications.
Because he inclined his ear to me,
therefore I will call on him as long as I live.
—Psalm 116:1-2 (NRSVUE)

Prayer for the Week

Teach me, Lord Jesus, to listen as you did. Help me to be slow to speak, slow to judge, and quick to hear. Open my ears so that I can sense both the cry for help around me and your Spirit more clearly, that I might follow you more completely. I pray, in Jesus’ name. Amen.
—Ben Ingebretson, Plant Like Jesus
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  • robert moeller Posted April 13, 2024 6:20 am

    I’m very much in favor of the concept presented in today’s reflection. The arranged marriage and dating approach to marriage have some benefits, but today’s world needs a better method.
    Mental health care is a tough subject. The patient, by law, has to willingly elect care in the vast majority of cases. It takes a threat to ones’s self or other’s lives before intervention is allowed.
    I’m thankful for recent progress with other life issues that is also helping with mental health.
    A clearer pathway to a better future is coming into focus. Thank You, Lord

  • Jill Posted April 13, 2024 4:07 pm

    I listen for the quiet, reluctant cry for help. I try to place myself where it is possible to hear this – and make myself available. It often happens where I least expect it. And the potential for beauty to be born is vast. I have come to learn that I don’t need to strive, but just be present and aware. Looking, but not searching. Eyes and ears open.
    Three of my students are on the boys volleyball team at my school. They played in a tournament today and I caught a game this morning. They far exceeded my expectations. Their coach was my assistant basketball coach 25 years ago. It was good to catch up with her. Her son plays for her. We marveled at how fast the 25 years have gone. Her oldest graduated college in December. Her daughter started college this past Fall. Her daughter also played volleyball for her.
    A wonderful, quiet lunch in a corner of a restaurant with my tennis friend. Good to catch up, share a meal, and just savor our time together. A brilliantly sunny day today – the waitress seated us by a window. I took a long walk when I got home. We had had two days of rain and wind – a nice change today.
    Going to do some laundry, some schoolwork and watch The Masters before turning in early to bed.

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