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

The good news for us, unconfused and clear, is that no particular Lenten journey is more perfect or right than another. Our journey to Easter is ours and no one else’s. No other person can travel there for us, nor can we for them; and yet we all will end up at the same destination—Easter morning outside the walls of Jerusalem! And because we have adjusted our lives a little or a lot to follow Jesus through the ups and downs, the deserts and roads of Lent, we can also count on one other truth that will become clear when the dust settles: we all will find ourselves at a different place than where we began.

—Pamela C. Hawkins, The Awkward Season: Prayers for Lent
(Upper Room Books, 2009)

Today’s Question

What do you think is the purpose of Lent? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

Have mercy on me, O God,

according to your steadfast love.
—Psalm 51:1a (NRSV)

Prayer for the Week

O loving Christ who waits for us all to move forward, to change inward, to love outward. Wait now with me as I long and learn to become more like you. Guide me to wait with the lost, to stand with the weak, to have a heart for the brokenhearted. Amen.
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1 Comment

  • Julie Posted March 21, 2023 9:57 am

    I always likened it to Advent. It is a time of reflection on the coming miracle and sacrifice. Advent is the season before the miracle of Jesus’ birth and God’s sacrifice of his only son to be human. Lent is the season before the miracle of resurection and Jesus;s sacrifice as our atoning ultimate sacrifice for sin. They each ask us to turn towards the coming miraaacle and sacrifice made for us in order to bring us closer to God and to meditate and read the pertinent scripture verses..
    I took h to his primary care doctor appointment yesterday. It was a normal and routine visit but I could tell how much he has gone downhill from the differences I observed in his abilities between his last visit and yesterday. It is markedly worse. He could not navigate the elevator alone and could not dress himself without assistance. Also, the doctor asked him questions and he had difficulty staying on the answer to the question without thrownng in things that did not belong.

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