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

Nature’s beauty is itself a reflection of Jesus’ own beauty. Thomas Aquinas reminded us that God wove beauty into the world to reflect God’s own beauty. Jesus will “make the woeful heart to sing” no matter how we think of him. … The antidote to sorrow isn’t having a bunch of fun; it is looking to Jesus. The antidote to despair is praise. For us, we see the Beautiful Savior at our Lord’s table.

—James C. Howell, Unrevealed Until Its Season: A Lenten Journey with Hymns
(Upper Room Books, 2021)

Today’s Question

What things in nature remind you of Jesus’ beauty? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

The heavens are telling the glory of God; and the firmament proclaims his handiwork.
—Psalm 19:1 (NRSV)

Prayer for the Week

O God, we give you thanks for hymn writers of the past and present. Help us to always have a song of praise in our hearts and minds, especially in times of trouble. Amen.
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  • Gail Posted March 11, 2023 7:51 am

    Never really thought of it as Jesus’ beauty, but as God’s creation. Clear 💙 sky. Deer in back yard at 9:30 am! Dogwood Are in bloom, and that brings to mind crucifixion of Jesus. That is beauty? An expression of God’s love for us.

  • Julie Posted March 11, 2023 9:59 am

    This is a new concept for me. I always thank God when I see beauty in the creation.
    Yesterday and today I have not felt well. I am dizzy and exhausted and my stomach hurts constantly. Eventually I get sinus pain. I had hoped I would be better by today but I’m not and I don’t look forward to losing a precious hour of sleep tonight. Of course I am expected to continue doing everything I always do plus today I have to clean all the floors.

  • Jill Posted March 11, 2023 2:52 pm

    White snow, blanketing tree branches, when there is no wind to disturb it.
    White foam, contrasting beautifully blue and green sea water, on a beach.
    A piercing white moon, in a clear ink black sky.

    Not nearly enough sleep overnight, as I was out late with a tennis match. So, been lounging and napping with the kittens and the heated blanket. Switching between the tennis in CA and the golf in FL on tv. I should be doing schoolwork, but am currently utterly unmotivated.
    May be spending some time with my friend who is going through a divorce, this evening. She is doing some work with her volunteer organization and will call when she is done.
    Trying to muster up some motivation to take a walk. But the sun is in and out and it is chilly.

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