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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 the midst of their earnest desire for God, wise ammas and abbas recognized how seemingly holy habits could sometimes distance them from God and one another. It was one thing to undertake a spiritual practice—fasting, prayer, vigils, and the like—for the purpose of drawing closer to God; quite another to allow these practices to become a point of pride, an occasion for competition, a source of division, or a cause for lack of hospitality to a guest. They learned that the forces they sometimes described as demons often loved to hide in the very practices that the desert folk pursued with such diligence.

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

Today’s Question

How can you shift your attitude when a “holy habit” has become a point of pride rather than a way of drawing closer to God? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

God gives all the more grace; therefore it says,
“God opposes the proud,
but gives grace to the humble.”
—James 4:6 (NRSVUE)

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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Something More

Explore popular books written by women for women as we celebrate Women’s History Month in March. View our list of books here.

Lectionary Readings

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1 Comment

  • Jill Posted March 10, 2024 2:37 pm

    I feel like I need to be aware of this. I don’t want things that I put here to come across as prideful. Very few people in my day to day life know I am going to be training to be an end of life doula. And very few know I am a hospice volunteer. Just my closest family and a handful of friends. To my friends here – it is not my intention to boast about these things. When I shared them with you – it was such a long awaited answer to prayer…going back almost 5 years now since mom has been gone. I trust, even through this virtual space, you know my heart. And while we have great anonymity here, through/by our transparency – we have a closeness. Please forgive me if I seem boastful. Not my intent at all. It’s just exciting to see God answer a prayer which I had practically given up on.
    Snow today – blustery conditions. But, in a few days it will be 60 again. Yo-yo weather.
    What I would like to “baost” about is the continued healing I am experiencing. One of my summer tennis friends is going to hit balls with me here in a little bit (of course – indoors). I am hoping to go a bit harder today. We won’t play any games, no competitiveness. But she is a strong player and it will give me a good feel for where I am at. Hoping to continue to gain confidence in my movement.
    My god-son’s team lost in the district championship yesterday, by 3 points. The other team out-physicaled us. The refs let them play, as expected in the play-offs. I think had the game been called a little bit tighter – we would have come out on top. While I hate to see it end, it does lessen the hecticness of my schedule.
    Prayers for the caregivers and the recipients. May each one experience the hand of God in the act of giving and receiving.

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