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

In his telling of the early Easter-morning encounter, John describes Mary as heartbroken. She has gone to the tomb hoping to give Jesus her last act of love by anointing his body. To her great distress, the stone has been rolled away, and the body of Jesus is gone. She is overcome with anguish and heartache. Not being able to perform the final ritual is the last straw for her. She has come to the end of her rope.

It is exactly at this point, at the end of her rope, that the risen Jesus comes to her. This is always where he comes to us.

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

Today’s Question

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Today’s Scripture

Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you looking for?” Supposing him to be the gardener, she said to him, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have laid him, and I will take him away.”
—John 20:15 (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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1 Comment

  • April Posted April 4, 2024 6:55 pm

    To others, yes.
    To Jesus in prayer, no.

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