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

When you get angry, go back to yourself, and take very good care of your anger. And when someone makes you suffer, go back and take care of your suffering, your anger. Do not say or do anything. Whatever you say or do in a state of anger may cause more damage in your relationship.

—Thich Nhat Hanh, “First Things First,” in Anger: Minding Your Passion, compiled by Amy Lyles Wilson (Fresh Air Books, 2010)

Today’s Question

When you are angry, do you go to the person who has upset you? How might you first “take care of your suffering, your anger”? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

Hatred stirs up strife,
but love covers all offenses.
Proverbs 10:12 (NRSVUE)

Prayer for the Week

Almighty God, search me and know me. Shine a light on my innermost thoughts and feelings, even those I try to hide. Give me courage to name the sources of my anger and wisdom to learn from them. Amen.
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  • robert moeller Posted June 25, 2024 5:23 am

    There was a time when I got angry far easier than these days. I’ve not found anger to be helpful. It’s a waste of energy. If I were to be come angry with the pereson who upsets me most, it would make things worse. Being angry with people who, are mentally illl, makes no sense.
    Hopefully there are discussions underway that may help resolve this issue. It has taken a long time, and nothing has improved, despite a lot of effort. I keep trying and with God’s guidance a solution will be found. Thank You, Lord.

  • Julie Posted June 25, 2024 8:11 am

    I agree with Robert. Acting on my anger when the other person has lashed out in anger only escalates the situation. Nothing gets resolved and there are hurt feelings and sometimes things are said that leave lasting scars. Anger does no good and I have learned to release it quickly and remain silent allowing the other time to get their feelings under control. Young people seem to indulge in anger quickly.

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