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 SAYS not to worry about what to say or how to say it or when it will happen. When we need to witness to him, we trust the Spirit to help us find our way. (See Mark 13:11.) Our disciplines of paying attention to God’s working in our lives and the lives of others gives content to our testimonies.

—Max O. Vincent
Because of This I Rejoice: Reading Philippians During Lent

From page 52 of Because of This I Rejoice: Reading Philippians During Lent by Max O. Vincent. Copyright © 2018 by The Upper Room. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. Learn more about or purchase this book.

Today’s Question

Why do you worry? Share your thoughts.

Today’s Scripture

When they bring you to trial and hand you over, do not worry beforehand about what you are to say; but say whatever is given you at that time, for it is not you who speak, but the Holy Spirit.
—Mark 13:11, NRSV

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  • Mary Ng Shwu Ling Posted February 8, 2019 6:18 am

    I don’t worry much. If something troubles me, I commit to God in prayer and leave it in His hands.

    Thank you God that You are bigger than all our problems and nothing is impossible for you.


  • Susan Marks Posted February 8, 2019 7:01 am

    Recently my husband had knee replacement surgery and during the preparation phase discovered he has a heart arythmia. Leading up to and during surgery I worried he would die in the operating table…even as I worried, I “knew” God would be with me even through that if it came to pass.
    Since that day I am slowly learning to say “I am concerned that___” instead of I am worried about something.
    That day my belief, Faith, and trust in God’s sovereignty solidified at a new height. Thanks be to God

  • robert moeller Posted February 8, 2019 7:30 am

    I worry that needs and obligations will be met, bills paid. Thankfully there always seems to have been a way. I give credit to God for helping me make it through tough times and for the wisdom I’ve been given on how to make progress since then.

    Yes, Mary, you state this truth very well. Perhaps I should change the word from worry to concern. God helped either way.

    Pay has come for Erich and his next pay day will be better.

    Prayers for progress finding a new home. We’re getting closer to being able to really look. Have been keeping an eye on the market there.

    Prays for all the health issues of the UR family. Whether we are the patient or not, health issues affect us all. Lord bring Your patience, comfort, love, and care to each person as is needed. Thank You, Lord, for all You do for us.

  • robert moeller Posted February 8, 2019 7:36 am

    Thank you Susan for your post. It is a wonderful witness for God. Have been with someone through that surgery and it can range from easy to complicated.
    The patient lost a lot of blood and the heart had less to pump causing the concern that a heart attack had occurred.

  • Cindi Acree Posted February 8, 2019 7:41 am

    I know we are not supposed to worry and trust in the Lord instead. However, when anticipating all the possible outcomes of a situation, and I consider a negative outcome, based in the ways of the world, I find myself worrying and hoping and praying at the same time.

  • Julie Posted February 8, 2019 8:25 am

    I worry about the situation with h. I worry Megan will not find a job. I worry about my fingers and what healing will reveal this year. I know that I am to give my worry to God. I know in my head that as a child of Christ he protects me and loves me. But my heart has not truly accepted what I know in my head.
    Blessings and prayers for each member of the UR family and I continue to lift each of you and what is on your heart to the Lord each day. I miss my long posts offering encouragement to each of you specifically but know that I still do this in my prayers each day. I hope to resume soon.

  • Andrea Posted February 8, 2019 2:43 pm

    I like the short reflections that say so very much. As I read this reflection, I first thought of how timid I am sometimes, afraid I will say something wrong or offend someone. I would like to be more confident in being spontaneous, and just let God take care of my hesitancy. The bigger fears I worry about are something happening to my grandson, losing Lowell, declining health, financial catastrophe. Yet I know how very fortunate I am. I know every person on the planet faces uncertainties and many live in vastly more difficult circumstances. I believe it is all about trusting God. God will see us through.

    I pray for Gloria, Anneliese, Julie, Marcy, and all who are dealing with pain. I pray for Jill, Larry, and Becky in the days left for Gloria as she transitions to God’s eternity.

    May all know God’s peace.

  • April Posted February 8, 2019 3:58 pm

    Lifting our UR family up to God for His help and healing. So many concerns voiced…. It is a blessing that our Father knows each of us and is taking care of each of our worries….I DO trust God.
    I am reading a study on mindfulness and the act of generosity…. I had thought only of monetary gifts of generosity, but it can relate to so many more….including forgiveness or the precious gift of time.
    I treasure each of you everyday. May the arms of God reach down to hug you and let you know that we are each a beloved child of God. Blessings.

  • Evelyn Mitchell Posted February 9, 2019 9:20 am

    I worry about how what I will do when I can’t take care of myself. How I can make my money stretch to pay my bills. How to have enough money to keep my motor home functioning so I can live in it. How I will deal with pain when dying

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