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

Saints have spoken of the “dark night” as a container of holy transformation, a process much broader and richer than a bout with sad feelings. Just as the darkness of the cocoon serves to incubate the growth of the butterfly, so we can use the tough times as rich soil for the growing of our souls. Though we may have to gulp hard to express gratitude for such painful periods, through grace we can be grateful in them, trusting that the holy dark serves as a cocoon rather than a coffin.

—Linda Douty, Rhythms of Growth: 365 Meditations to Nurture the Soul (Upper Room Books, 2014)

Today’s Question

How could viewing the “dark night” as a cocoon change your perspective during difficult circumstances? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

We know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose.
—Romans 8:28 (NRSV)

Prayer for the Week

Thank you, God, for sun and showers.
Thank you for each lovely flower.
Thank you for each stately tree.
Though all these, you speak to me.
A Gardener’s Prayer
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Something More

What does it mean to live a contemplative life? In Everyday Contemplative, Roger Owens challenges readers to expand their definition of contemplative living to encompass all ways of seeking to be more open, available, and responsive to God. Learn more here.

Lectionary Readings

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  • robert moeller Posted April 29, 2022 5:28 am

    Recognizing the “dark night “ as a cocoon certainly is more positive, but ultimately it is through physical death that true resurrection comes. I pray that everyone one day is truly resurrected and thus with the Lord . In this life May you be born again.
    Fellowship time this morning, preparation for furniture pick up this afternoon. Keeping our eyes on houses, their prices, and interest rates. By the end of May we’ll decide if it’s this year we try again or wait until next year
    Thankful for a second booster shot and news of an inexpensive one dose vaccine to help the unvaccinated of the world. In tough times any good news is most welcome.
    God is always with us. Thank You, Lord.

  • Jill Posted April 29, 2022 12:19 pm

    The reality of this has been my experience. That alone is reason for gratitude. Now, my hope is to help others see their dark nights as places to be hopeful and expectant – trusting Him with the outcome.
    Abundant sunshine today and a bit warmer temps. Ran an errand during my lunch time – what a wonderful respite to be out in the sun. I needed a bit of a break, as the intensity for preparing my students for the exams keeps heightening. Also, trying to be prepared by having ALL my ducks in a row for the review sessions tomorrow and Sunday.
    My god son has a game this afternoon, but I don’t know if I will have it in me to fight the rush hour traffic to go to it. We’ll see how I am feeling at the end of the school day.
    Dad was able to see his new villa and was pleased. Today the move occurs – all the stuff from my sister and brother-in-laws place to the villa. They will be at the new villa about a week, getting settled in and purchasing some furniture.

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