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

God, Augustine says, is our native country. From God we came and to God we belong. Our wandering from that native country, our exile, causes the restlessness that Augustine notes, the restlessness that we feel in our bodies and emotions, in our anxieties and our fears, in our yearning for something new, something more. Deep down, it’s our yearning to find our way back to our native country.

And that’s where Jesus comes in. . . . Jesus is the only human being ever to live who never left his native country in God. Jesus brings God’s life to us and us to God’s life.

—L. Roger Owens, What We Need Is Here: Practicing the Heart of Christian Spirituality (Upper Room Books, 2015)

Today’s Question

What spiritual practices have helped you return to God? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

[Paul said to the people of Athens,] “In God we live, move, and exist. As some of your own poets said, ‘We are his offspring.’”
—Acts 17:28 (CEB)

Prayer for the Week

Day by day, dear Lord,
of thee three things I pray;
to see thee more clearly,
to love thee more dearly,
to follow thee more nearly,
day by day.
—prayer attributed to Richard of Chichester, England, 13th century
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Lectionary Readings

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  • Jill Posted February 19, 2024 2:55 pm

    “To whom else would we go?” I believe these were Peter’s words in John. Returning again and again, to the altar, to the foot of the cross, to the foot of throne. I return – for where else is there hope? I am His and I return desperately, at times; solemnly, at times; reluctantly, at times; in deep confession, at times.
    Father God – thank You for Your Presence, for the promises in Your Word – You will never leave me nor forsake me. I foolishly do both, on repeat. Yet – Your arms are open, welcoming, embracing. Such mercy, such grace.
    Father, draw me to Yourself. Help me to embody Your Son in my daily interactions. Come quickly, Lord Jesus.
    Father God – be with Julie and Robert.

    • Ally Posted February 20, 2024 5:35 am


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