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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

A practice that we have cherished, a habit that has deepened us and drawn us closer to God, a discipline that we perhaps have engaged in for years no longer seems to work. Gradually over time or overnight with no warning, its familiar contours turn foreign, dull, perhaps even painful. These times call us to some of our deepest discernment. They dare us to ask, Am I being called to go deeper in this practice, to persist, to keep digging toward the wellspring that surely must be here somewhere? Am I being invited to wait and to listen? Or is God leading me toward a different practice than the one I have known?

—Jan L. Richardson, In the Sanctuary of Women: A Companion for Reflection and Prayer (Upper Room Books, 2010)

Today’s Question

What do you do when a beloved spiritual practice “no longer seems to work”? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

Pray in the Spirit at all times in every prayer and supplication. To that end, keep alert and always persevere in supplication for all the saints.
—Ephesians 6:18 (NRSVUE)

Prayer for the Week

We are waking, God.
We are waking,
and we pray
that we may know you
as manna in the desert,
wellsprings in the wilderness,
honey from the rock,
O God our habitation
and our way.
Jan L. Richardson, “Prayer for the Morning,” In the Sanctuary of Women
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Lectionary Readings

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3 Comments

  • Ally Posted March 8, 2024 8:47 am

    This week’s reflection about the celestial woman reminded me of the story of Hagar, who called out to God in despair. God sent help to her and Ismael and they did not die. Hagar called God El Roi: The God who sees me. Sometimes I call out to God and ask God to see me. Often my spiritual practices feel dry, as my heart is dry. Sometimes I wallow in that. Other times, I open myself up so the Holy Spirit can make my heart soft and pliable again. Look up the song “My Eyes Are Dry” by Keith Greene:

    My eyes are dry
    My faith is old
    My heart is hard
    My prayers are cold
    And I know how I ought to be
    Alive to You and dead to me
    But what can be done
    For an old heart like mine
    Soften it up
    With oil and wine
    The oil is You, Your Spirit of love
    Please wash me anew
    With the wine of Your Blood.

    Praying for absent friends.

    • Lou Posted March 8, 2024 9:03 am

      Thank you for that, Ally. Prayers for you and David.

  • Rusty Posted March 8, 2024 3:17 pm

    Thanks Ally!

    I think mainly, if a beloved spiritual practice has gone dry for me, I try to switch it up. For years, I did Daily Morning Prayer from the Book of Common Prayer. 📕 But circumstances changed (like I was no longer riding the bus to work when COVID came). i couldn’t get into the swing of it again, so I switched to Celtic daily prayer from the Northumbria Community. That worked for a couple of years and then I switched again, now to The Bible in One Year with Nicky and Pippa Gumbel. I’ve been doing that for a couple of years, now, and I still love it.

    I’m sure I’ll go back to the Book of Common Prayer, though, before too long. They are all great disciplines, and I’m grateful I have a variety of really fruitful options available. Also, the Church Year is helpful to me. I have a couple of books I can use throughout the year to introduce fresh practices when change is helpful. Obviously Lent is one of those, but following through the other seasons keeps me energized and I love the thought of going through them with countless other Christians all round the world.

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