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

To age faithfully requires that you practice forgiveness in response to God’s forgiveness of you. However, you know from experience that talking about forgiveness in the abstract is far easier than doing it. . . . Certainly, some behaviors feel harder to forgive than others. Acknowledge the reality of what happened, the pain that it caused, and how it affected your life. Revisiting these wounds can be painful, and you may want to speak with a trusted friend, family member, or pastor about your feelings. Once you have taken time to grieve, ask the Spirit to lead you out of the wilderness of unforgiveness.

—Missy Buchanan, From Dry Bones to Living Hope: Embracing God’s Faithfulness in Late Life (Upper Room Books, 2021)

Today’s Question

Who can you ask to support you on the journey of forgiveness?
Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ has forgiven you.
—Ephesians 4:32 (NRSV)

Prayer for the Week

Gracious God, open our eyes to see the gifts in this season of life. May we seek your wisdom and pursue our holy purpose with authentic hearts. Amen.
Submit your prayer to The Upper Room.

Something More

In his new book, Everyday Contemplative: The Way of Prayerful Living, Roger Owens invites us to pay attention to our longings and desires. In this brief exercise, he offers scripture, questions for reflection, and a journal prompt so that we might become more aware of our deepening longing for God.
Listen here.

Lectionary Readings

(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)

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  • robert moeller Posted February 15, 2022 7:24 am

    I find asking God easier than asking people. God knows and understands me better than anyone else. Bible study today focuses on Proverbs 31. I certainly have a better understanding of Proverbs after reading this book. It would be helpful to reread Proverbs carefully with the book as a guide.
    Colder weather, single digits now. Clear skies and sun. Hopeful for positive results from a phone call today. Tomorrow off to see my daughter and granddaughters Hope and pray that the help needed by each of you is forthcoming. Thank You, Lord.

  • Julie Posted February 15, 2022 8:26 am

    There is no person to do this in my life.
    I will be calling the doctor as I have been sick to my stomach and vomiting again.
    Prayers for Ally and David and Jeremy, for Jill and Roger and Larry, for Roger and his daughter and granddaughters.

  • Jill Posted February 15, 2022 11:50 am

    Yes, in my trusted little circle, I would have friends who would support me regarding forgiveness. I can count on their faithfulness in prayer, and listening well should I need to ask their forgiveness. It would seem my likeliest request would be to have them pray for my heart to soften and that I would be willing to either grant forgiveness or honestly seek forgiveness.
    My god son has a basketball game this evening and this is likely the last one I will be able to attend this season. He has a make up game Thursday evening, but I have progress report pick up after school that evening until 7:30. Hard to believe the season is over. He will be playing baseball in the spring. That will require a different time frame and being willing to sit in the elements…will see how it works out.
    My sister called last night and we had an interesting conversation. She is finding herself being in the middle of dad and her husband with all the decisions coming up. Both her husband and dad are careful with their money and her husband is beginning to raise some questions. Hopefully she will be able to navigate things well.
    Robert – safe travels and a wishes for a wonderful visit with your daughter and granddaughters. Julie – praying your stomach will settle and that you will be able to regain strength physically.

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