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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

The ammas understood that the book of Psalms, perhaps more than any other book of the Bible, carries our collective memory as people who have sought the presence of God in every circumstance. The psalms give voice to the full range of human emotion. Desire, rage, hope, vindictiveness, love, despair: nearly everything we are capable of, both exalted and base, is at play in their pages. The psalmists incorporate it all, with no visible fear of judgment for bringing their emotions into God’s presence. It reminds me of one of the desert fathers, Abba Poemen, who wisely counseled us, “Teach your mouth to say that which you have in your heart.” The psalmists did. A lot.

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

Today’s Question

What insights about human emotion do you gain from reading the Psalms? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

In the day of my trouble I seek the Lord;
in the night my hand is stretched out without wearying;
my soul refuses to be comforted.
—Psalm 77:2 (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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4 Comments

  • Andrea Posted March 9, 2024 2:19 am

    I look for solace in the Psalms, especially now. My husband, Lowell, who is on chemo for aggressive multiple myeloma, has just completed 10 days of radiation. He has fractures up and down his spine. He has lost a lot of muscle mass. He has so much fatigue. Yesterday, he was admitted to the hospital for orthostatic hypotension and abdominal pain. Please pray for him to regain strength , for remission of the myeloma. I pray for strength to care for him, to be strong for him. I pray this for Julie, April, Ally, Rusty, and all caregivers. Prayers for Jill, for her progress in PT and return to her full strength. Prayers for Robert, who is missed. Blessings and prayers for all who visit here.

    I pray for

  • Jill Posted March 9, 2024 6:18 am

    My takeaways from the Psalms are – be honest before God. He created us with emotions and we can use our emotions to glorify Him. Vulnerable, guttural words from the heart are worship. We should effusively praise Him – in all circumstances. If that seems challenging – then offer even that up to Him.
    Andrea – continuing to pray for Lowell and these treatments – that they would be effective, that he would tolerate them, that his strength would not be sapped. Praying for you as well…the plight of the caregiver – seeing our loved one become weaker, desiring so to give our strength to them. May God be near both of you.
    Ally – those familiar words from Keith Green – thanks for sharing that song. “Wash me anew”…yes and amen. May the Spirit quicken in you, may you feel seen and may refreshing water come.
    Father God – hem us in on every side. Strengthen us to honor You, right where we are, with those You place in our path. May You be glorified.

  • April Posted March 9, 2024 7:41 am

    The support group I listen to online has a teaching lesson on expressive writing. You just write without judgment or spelling, grammar corrections. It is your emotions bubbling up and out so that you can be free of them and live freely. You can complete sentences such as tears can to my eyes when…. I feel joy when…
    The Psalms remind me of the emotions released by the authors. There is so much I can learn from reading the Bible, even short verses.
    Prayers for all caregivers and those that support the caregivers.

  • Julie Posted March 9, 2024 8:47 am

    The psalms show me that all emotions are welcomed by God. All emotions are God given and God approved and I am entitled to feel whatever I feel in whatever circumstances I find myself. No emotion is “wrong” or “bad.”
    Prayers for Andrea and Lowell.

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