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

It can be tempting to think that when Jesus was present, he filled up a room with his words; perhaps you know of someone who does just that. We can get the idea that Jesus showed up, and immediately he began to teach and preach as is recorded in the Gospels, with the Sermon on the Mount or some of his many parables. However, if you consider the number of words we actually have from Jesus and the number of years he actively ministered, it is likely that he listened far more than he spoke.

—Ben Ingebretson, Plant Like Jesus: The Church Planter’s Devotional (Upper Room Books, 2020)

Today’s Question

How can you follow the example of Jesus and listen more? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

Faith comes from what is heard, and what is heard comes through the word of Christ.
—Romans 10:17 (NRSV)

Prayer for the Week

Teach me, Lord Jesus, to listen as you did. Help me to be slow to speak, slow to judge, and quick to hear. Open my ears so that I can sense both the cry for help around me and your Spirit more clearly, that I might follow you more completely. I pray, in Jesus’ name. Amen.
—Ben Ingebretson, Plant Like Jesus
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Something More

We invite you to listen as Pat Luna, retreat leader for The Academy for Spiritual Formation at Camp Sumatanga, reflects on how she is finding—rather than creating—daily life with God. Take a moment to listen here.

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  • Julie Posted April 20, 2022 8:53 am

    Listening can deepen my understanding of a person. Who they are, where they come from, their hopes and dreams. This can help me know how to share the Good News with that person in a manner that will most resonate with them.
    Prayers for Ally and David as they await the biopsy results and as Ally applies for jobs. Prayers for Jill as she continues to minister to Roger, may his health continue to improve. Prayers for safe travel for Robert and may this trip prove fruitful.

  • Jill Posted April 20, 2022 6:18 pm

    I feel like I am a good listener. I have to acutely listen to my students, as they ask questions and need clarification. A significant part of listening is interpreting body language and facial expressions. I feel like I have had good listening modeled for me as well.
    On my to my sister’s today, I received a call from the friend I had lunch with yesterday, saying her daughter tested positive for Covid this morning. I called Becky and checked with them to see if we still wanted to get together today. They decided it was ok – dad and I both wore KN-95 masks and I ate in a different room from them for lunch. We’ll see how this plays out.
    I stopped by my god son’s baseball game on the way home and watched a few innings. My friend lives about 15 minutes from my sister’s. There was wonderful warm sunshine today, and an absence of wind, so my sister and dad and I took a walk after we finished playing cards.
    Zoom small group this evening. Nothing planned for tomorrow. I am going to attempt to hang some blinds. Roger ruined most of my blinds, but I feel he is no longer interested in chewing on them, so I am going to replace them. I replaced the one on the back door – and he has left it alone. There is a little ledge by my back door where he perches himself to greet me when I come in. He would poke his nose through the blinds and become frustrated with them and chew them. But, thankfully, not on these new ones. None of my other cats were interested in the blinds one way or the other.

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