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

As we embark on this Lenten journey, one essential tool we need is cultural humility. At the most basic level, cultural humility is the recognition that context matters. Each of us has been uniquely shaped by our contexts and our life experiences, leading to differences among us. Acknowledging these differences is an important step, but it is only a first step. We must then layer on faith, hope, and love so that we no longer see differences as threats but as invitations to grow in understanding and empathy.

—Matt Temple, “Beginning the Journey,” in Where We Meet: A Lenten Study of Systems, Stories, and Hope (Upper Room Books, 2023)

Today’s Question

How do you approach encounters with people from different cultural backgrounds? Do you approach them with an open mind and a willingness to learn, or do you hold on to preconceived notions or biases? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

[Jesus said,] “Put on my yoke, and learn from me. I’m gentle and humble. And you will find rest for yourselves.”
—Matthew 11:29 (CEB)

Prayer for the Week

Breath Prayer
Inhale: Jesus, Son of God
Exhale: Have mercy on me, a sinner.
Inhale: Ever-present God
Exhale: May I feel you here.
Inhale: You know me.
Exhale: You love me.
Inhale: You know my neighbors.
Exhale: You love my neighbors.
Inhale: You see me.
Exhale: You see the unseen.
Inhale: Help me to see
Exhale: All your children.
Inhale: God of love
Exhale: May all know your love.
—Prayer by Rachel Gilmore in Where We Meet
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Something More

What is Lent? When is Lent? Why do we set it apart? Learn more about this special season by reading Lent 101.

Lectionary Readings

(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)

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1 Comment

  • Rusty Posted February 13, 2024 7:04 am

    I love everything about experiencing other cultures. I cherish my memories of the encounters I had with peoples from different places when I was young. My life has since gone in a different direction, but as a young adult, God blessed me with travel experiences (both leisure and work-related) to Europe, Russia and Latin America. I spent a large portion of the summer of my 22nd year living with a family in Guatemala truly learning real Spanish after many years of classes in Junior High School, High School and College. Those were long ago experiences but I cherish them. And I joyously await the “many tribes, nations, peoples and tongues” we will encounter in heaven as described in Revelation 7:9.

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