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 each setting, whether in the desert or the city, women grappled with core questions about what it meant to follow Christ and what rhythms of solitude and community would foster their discipleship. The desert mothers invite us to reflect on our practices—the means by which we seek after God and the attitudes of heart that dispose us to deeper relationship with God. In the coming days, as we reflect on these women of the desert, we will explore such practices as prayer, humility, lectio divina, and discernment, asking along the way, How do we practice? By what particular path will we follow Christ? What habits enable us to unhide ourselves from God?

—Jan L. Richardson, In the Sanctuary of Women: A Companion for Reflection and Prayer (Upper Room Books, 2010)

Today’s Question

How would you answer the author’s questions in today’s reflection? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

Jesus would withdraw to deserted places for prayer.
—Luke 5:16 (CEB)

Prayer for the Week

We are waking, God.
We are waking,
and we pray
that we may know you
as manna in the desert,
wellsprings in the wilderness,
honey from the rock,
O God our habitation
and our way.
Jan L. Richardson, “Prayer for the Morning,” In the Sanctuary of Women
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Lectionary Readings

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  • robert moeller Posted March 21, 2022 6:40 am

    I consider it impossible to hide myself from God who knows everything about me. I’m trying to right wrongs, as a human that’s a life long task. That’s the path I’m on. Keep trying knowing that where I am unable I have Jesus who saves me. Worship in person yesterday, many people came, and we were joined by others on zoom. Thankful for the technology that made such a worship service possible. Progress too at the board of directors meeting of a railroad historical society, and I enjoyed episode 1 of new seasons of Call the Midwife and Sanditon. Finish the plumbing job and patch the ceiling are today’s projects. Hymn focused Lenten study tomorrow. Making progress toward trips to see my granddaughters and visit the Poconos. Thank You, Lord for resources that make all of this possible.

    • Ally Posted March 22, 2022 11:33 pm

      Robert, Call The Midwife is my favorite show.

  • robert moeller Posted March 21, 2022 7:01 am

    So many activities, actions, concerns expressed here in the last few days. Prayers for Ally & David and the many issues they are dealing with. Hope the visit to your Mom’s home went or goes well.Thankful Larry will have a new home in Florida soon. Prayers fir Jill and the many roles she plays in her school, community, church, and family. Thankful for God’s help in the transition made the last years you had with your Mom. April’s quote from I Peter is very helpful and was in my Bible reading today. Thank You, Lord for the help sent through these dear NEM family members. Bless them and keep them. Thank You, Lord.

  • Lou Posted March 21, 2022 8:39 am

    A very good worship service yesterday that encouraged me. My Dad’s birthday- he would’ve been 85- he’s been gone for 22 years. Big remodel project lasting 2.5 months is finally cleaned up and almost complete – just minor details left. I had a nice visit with my youngest who came home for spring break before meeting up with fiends in Miami. The house is always full of life when she is home. After months of activity I am enjoying the quiet but also struggling with it. My work is very busy which is good but I am struggling to find purpose outside of my work.
    Prayers for Ally – may God give you strength as you navigate all that is in front of you. Prayers for Robert as he faces another major life transition in support of his son. Prayers of healing for Julie. Prayers for Jill and her students as they face the last part of the school year and all of the challenges that entails. Prayers for Rick and April – so grateful that they are still following along like me- popping up from time to time. Prayers for all who follow along. Prayers for our world – may there be peace on earth.

    • Julie Posted March 21, 2022 8:53 am

      Good to hear from you Lou and I pray you find a way to channel your love and time.

  • Julie Posted March 21, 2022 8:51 am

    As Robert said we are never out of God’s sight. David’s psalm reminds us of this. That said, I believe I do “hide ” from the Lord certain thoughts and attitudes. I seek wisdom from the Bible during those times.
    I spent the day out and about by myself yesterday for the first time since injuring my knees. I am still moving slowly due to pain but missed church. Many people greeted me and expressed concern regarded my long absence. Also went shopping and got takeout. After church a member who is a retired doctor gave a presentation on supplements. It was very informative.
    Prayers for Ally and David and their therapy, may they find help dealiing with their many concerns. Prayers for Jill as this school year becomes more busy and her next evaluation is also scheduled. Prayers for April as she gives so much of herself to her caregiving duties. Prayers for safe travel for Robert on his trips and may the trip to the Poconos be successful.

  • Jill Posted March 21, 2022 1:58 pm

    Yes, I do believe we try to hide things from God, maybe we are just trying to ignore them ourselves. Intentionally, or non-intentionally. Hence, this is why I ask Him to reveal things that I am missing or ignoring. Continued sustained silence and stillness in His presence – and I am using April’s word “come” and finding it to set a nice tone in the morning.
    Teachers meetings today – for whatever reason. I just know I am envious of my students’ three day weekend. I was able to multi task (listen with 1/2 an ear and get grading done) during some of the morning session. It didn’t really apply to me or the program I teach in. I asked to be released from it to attend to deadlines coming up in my program – but was told I needed to remain in the room. Two weeks ago during my program’s meeting – we requested for time today to tend to our deadlines. They are always a huge thing come April, but moreso during these pandemic times as we have to send off each student’s work, not just a sampling of students like the years prior to Covid. Oh well. It will get done.
    My students had a lovely day off – as the sun is on and temps are moderate.
    Anxious to see my god son play baseball. As a freshman, he will be pitching on varsity. Over the weekend his coach informed him he would be taking the “spring trip” with varsity to Tennessee. He is very happy.
    Roger seems to be doing pretty well, and I am grateful. I think the diet change has had the intended impact.

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