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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

Whether we are walking through valleys or through ordinary days, the practices that keep us rooted are the same. When things are going well, we sometimes lose focus and cut back on the habits that keep us grounded. Faithfulness helps us stay on the path, keeping us connected with the Holy One, so that we are ready to face whatever valleys we encounter.

—Beth A. Richardson, Walking in the Wilderness: Seeking God During Lent (Upper Room Books, 2020)

Today’s Question

What are the spiritual practices that keep you grounded? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

Even though I walk through the darkest valley,
I fear no evil;
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
they comfort me.
—Psalm 23:4 (NRSVUE)

Prayer for the Week

Holy One, my body, soul, and spirit hunger and thirst for you. Here in this barren wilderness, fill me with your living water. Shape me into the one you would have me become. Amen.
—Beth A. Richardson, Walking in the Wilderness
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5 Comments

  • April Posted March 3, 2024 9:15 am

    Prayer and reading the Bible.
    Prayers for our NEM family and whatever is happening. His eye is on the sparrow, and on ours too. Thank you Lord.

  • Lou Posted March 3, 2024 9:19 am

    Same as April- and reading these NEM posts daily. I love my worship music too- or my Jesus station as my kids call it. Thank you Lord.

  • Ally Posted March 3, 2024 1:08 pm

    Music connects me God like no other practice. I sing and chant the Psalms in prayer and listen music while I pray and study. It helps clear the clutter so I can hear God.
    Jill, thank you so much for your words of encouragement. Thanks to my NEM friends for your insights and care.

  • Jill Posted March 3, 2024 3:08 pm

    My morning time, in the Word, in prayer, in meditation and silence. Yes – worship music is significant for me, as well. Corporate worship is also a key component to my ability to be in balance.
    Church this morning was excellent. I felt like I was going with an unburdened heart…quite possibly for this first time this calendar year. Worship was sweet and there was much gratitude. Cancer support was meaningful. My closest acquaintance shared with me that she received a Parkinson’s diagnosis. She is a valiant fighter and is up to the challenge – what an encouragement she is. She is a cancer survivor. Sent to hospice with a week to live, she emerged 6 months later – cancer free. She is a petite little thing, but feisty as all get out. I asked her if she had golfed yet in this mild weather we have been having – she said no – but is planning on getting out tomorrow, as it will be 70+. Her spirit inspires me.
    I have had much grading to do – but took time for a walk this afternoon. The sun is out so warmly and the temps are in the 60s.
    I hit tennis balls for 10 minutes yesterday – oh, how I have missed playing. Hoping to hit for longer this weekend. Was hoping to play a match in two weekends, but that might be a touch optimistic.

  • Rusty Posted March 4, 2024 10:54 am

    Thanks Jill. Your friend is indeed inspiring. Prayers on the way for her and her Parkinson’s diagnosis. Also, prayers for your continued improvement and full return to tennis soon!

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