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

OUR WILLINGNESS TO FORGIVE others is founded on our commitment to God and our desire to extend God’s love. Forgiving our neighbors begins with our compassion and our humility—not others’ mistakes. Their transgressions merely serve to remind us of our own humanity, our own imperfections. This is what Christ conveyed when he said, “first take the log out of your own eye.”

—Christopher Maricle, The Jesus Priorities: 8 Essential Habits (Upper Room Books, 2007)

Today’s Question

Does remembering your own humanity enable you to more readily forgive others? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

Or how can you say to your neighbor, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ while the log is in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your neighbor’s eye.
—Matthew 7:4-5 (NRSV)

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Make me a channel of God’s love, to be suffused with the Holy Spirit and guided by the Holy Spirit in all things.
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  • robert moeller Posted February 17, 2020 6:27 am

    This is a helpful understanding, a new perspective. Yes, as humans we are all imperfect, we have faults. This fact should most certainly help us forgive others.

    It was a calm. peaceful day yesterday, Church, interesting tv shows, both sports and dramas, a great meal for supper, an Irish lamb pie. Some plans made for the week, a discussion of future plans, and a busy day with Pearl who wanted to play. Lent is approaching. Hope you all had a wonderful weekend. Prayers and blessings. Thank You, Lord.

  • Lou Posted February 17, 2020 7:00 am

    Yes – to today’s question. I am a sinner and only God’s mercy gets me through. Prayers for all of us sinners who live only because of our Savior. Make us all channels for God’s love and light. It is not an easy way but we must strive to do our best each day. I pray for God to use me in the way that He wants me to go. I am listening-
    Thankful for all of the prayers from the UR faithful- blessings on you all today.

  • Julie Posted February 17, 2020 8:23 am

    Yes in some instances, but others my human-ness keeps me from forgiving. Only God is capable of forgiving all transgressions. I am a human full of faults and falling short of perfection. Some people I find I have too forgive over and over for past pain caused. Some I cannot forgive.
    Prayers for Robert, may he and Pearl spend many more play sessions. I love playing with my kitties, but don’t do it as often as I like. They have one another to play with and many toys they chase around and bat at.
    Prayers for Lou, may her back pain remaiin at bay and may she hear God’s call.
    Prayers for Jill, Larry and Becky as they continue to visit together.
    Prayers for Andrea, April, Betsy, BJ, Connie, Edy, Mary, Marcy, and Rick.
    Megan and I saw the movie 1917 yesterday. it was riveting, insightful and thought provoking. I am glad we saw it in the theater as the photography was amazing and one truly sensed the danger. We ate at my favorite restaurant which serves Syrian food. It helps me feel connected to my grandfather and his (and my) ancestors.
    Prayers and thank you UR

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