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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

Paul convinced me that many of my prayers are too anthropological. My prayers too easily go straight to intercessions or to confessions, things I want God to correct in other people or in me. Paul begins his prayer by giving thanks for what God has done, is doing, and will do among the Philippians. Petitions, intercessions, and confession are vital parts of prayer, but they are not the only parts. When our prayers focus only on human need and shortcomings, we lose our sense of awe and wonder at what God is doing in the world.

—Max O. Vincent, Because of This I Rejoice: Reading Philippians During Lent (Upper Room Books, 2018)

Today’s Question

How much time do you spend in prayer thanking God compared to asking for help with situations in your life or in the lives of others? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

I thank my God every time I mention you in my prayers.
—Philippians 1:3 (CEB)

Prayer for the Week

Free me, Lord Jesus, from anything that obstructs my way to you. Create space in my life for more kindness, greater generosity, and fewer self-centered needs. Enlarge my heart with a spirit of gratitude this Lent. Help me to recognize the simple gifts that lie in abundance all around me. In your sacred name, I pray. Amen. [adapted from “A Prayer for Lenten Simplicity” on sharecatholic.com]
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2 Comments

  • Rusty Posted March 11, 2024 7:11 am

    Jill, I’ve never detected a hint of boastfulness in anything you share here. Sincerity, self-reflection, a genuine desire to help those in our UR family, and, yes, joy and praise in God’and his answers to prayer, but never pridefulness. Please rest assured.

    Today’s question about thankfulness is an interesting one for me. Maybe I learned to pray as an adult, not as a child, and mostly self-taught, but I speak thankfulness to God in prayer all the time. I almost reflexively start practically every prayer with “Lord, thank you that . . .” But I’m now challenged to test myself and see – – am I truly thankful *every time*?
    Lord, please let me not say things in prayer (or ever) that are not truly in my heart. Help me to thank you and others from a place of love in my heart, always

  • Jill Posted March 11, 2024 6:27 pm

    Thank you for your affirmation, Rusty.
    Thankfulness is not a big enough chunk of my prayers – and I am grateful for the nudge today. I feel like I carry myself with an air of gratefulness in my being, but not sure God would agree. Effusive thankfulness still falls short – but I will try to be intentional about moving in the right direction on the continuum.
    Dinner with a my tennis friend after school. She and I have been on these parallel healing paths with surgeries in the Fall. She got released from PT today. She goes to the same place I do. She sees her surgeon tomorrow and is hopeful to be given the green light to gently return to the tennis court. She was excited to hear about my getting to hit yesterday. I see my doctor for the final time Wednesday. We are both grateful to have each other during this return to health time.
    Brilliant sun returned today and the snow quickly melted. A few gorgeous days forecasted beginning tomorrow. With the time change, I was able to get in a nice walk when I got home from dinner.
    Lots of small nuisances today at school – set me off kilter a bit. The walk settled me down.

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