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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

Brother Lawrence was a lay member of a monastic community in seventeenth-century France. His first assignment was to work in the kitchen. . . . Lawrence performed some of the lowest tasks in the monastery, but he developed a reputation for carrying out his assignments without complaints despite his suffering. His reputation spread outside the monastery so that priests, nuns, and church officials came to him for spiritual guidance. To those who visited Lawrence and asked how he could face his work with such good spirits, his refrain became that he tried to carry out each task, no matter how great or small, as if done in the presence of God. This awareness of God’s presence marked his life with humility.

—Max O. Vincent, Because of This I Rejoice: Reading Philippians During Lent (Upper Room Books, 2018)

Today’s Question

What humble tasks have helped you feel God’s presence? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

Don’t do anything for selfish purposes, but with humility think of others as better than yourselves.
—Philippians 2:3 (CEB)

Prayer for the Week

Free me, Lord Jesus, from anything that obstructs my way to you. Create space in my life for more kindness, greater generosity, and fewer self-centered needs. Enlarge my heart with a spirit of gratitude this Lent. Help me to recognize the simple gifts that lie in abundance all around me. In your sacred name, I pray. Amen. [adapted from “A Prayer for Lenten Simplicity” on sharecatholic.com]
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2 Comments

  • Jill Posted March 13, 2024 6:01 am

    Sitting with another in their discomfort, unknowing, suffering – this produces an environment for Holy Spirit moving. If I can get past the direness of the situation, and still myself in prayer – a holy moment may occur. I try to be aware of this. Running Scripture through my mind, praying.
    I see the doctor today for my final post op followup. My surgeon is unavailable – so I will be seeing a doctor I have never met. Not really sure this is ideal, but maybe a different set of ears will be helpful. I haven’t gained much improvement where discomfort is concerned while sitting.
    Wonderful to come home from school yesterday and open the doors and windows – it was so warm. And of course the cats loved it. Today is going to be more of the same.
    It remains very concerning we have not heard from Robert.

  • Rusty Posted March 13, 2024 8:57 am

    Yes, very concerned about Robert. Thank you, Jill. Lord, please protect Robert and his family.

    The story of Brother Lawrence in today’s devotional is a moving one. I have thought of Brother Lawrence sometimes as I make formula bottles, feel the baby his formula, wash formula bottles, change diapers, and rock little baby “I” (his first initial) to sleep when he is out of sorts. Lord, thank you for guiding me yesterday when baby “I” was having an especially uncomfortable and rocky afternoon while K tried to get in a rest. I am grateful, Lord, that you nudged me to pray the Lord’s Prayer and the 23rd Psalm – twice – while rocking him in my arms. Precisely when I prayed “and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever,” the second time, baby “I” fell asleep. Thank you, dear Lord.

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