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

I wish I could ask our world, “Where does it hurt?” and somehow say everything will be all right. But that’s already been done for us. The Beloved is near, even as we crash due to our own delusions. Jesus takes on our hurts, makes them his own, and carries them to the throne room of heaven. Mourning over Jerusalem and its navel-gazing leaders, this young Jewish rabbi shook his head and said, “How often I wanted to gather your children together, the way a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you were unwilling” (Matt. 23:37, NASB).

—Jan Woodard, Texting Through Cancer: Ordinary Moments of Community, Love, and Healing (Upper Room Books, 2021)

Today’s Question

What hurt do you need to allow Jesus to carry today? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

Cast all your anxiety on him, because he cares for you.
—1 Peter 5:7 (NRSV)

Prayer for the Week

God of All,
In you I trust.
All will be well.
All will be well.
All will be well. Amen.
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Lectionary Readings

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  • Julie Posted April 22, 2023 9:39 am

    The effect of the trauma I have expereinced my entire life. My hatred of h due to his constant, still, abuse.
    Errands today then a day with Megan. Tomorrow we are going to a movie and running errands prior to our usual takeout.

    • Gail Posted April 22, 2023 10:46 am

      Prayer for you, Julie, and Megan, and h.

  • Ally Posted April 22, 2023 2:58 pm

    I need to give to Jesus, the hurt and bitterness from being bullied at school and in the workplace, betrayal and cruelty from those who were supposed to care about me. The hurt of being ostracized Ivy family members over politics. Lord, help me give it to you to carry.
    I have what may be shingles, in addition to the pinched nerve I have been dealing with. I’m determined to push through and work on my business and do a couple of light cleaning projects today. Thank you for your prayers. Robert hasn’t posted in over a week. I pray it’s just technical issues. Love to all.

  • Jill Posted April 22, 2023 7:09 pm

    The fresh hurt I am turning over to Him is from this week. My sister and I had a conversation on Wednesday that had two significant triggers in it – both sending me back over 6 years ago, just prior to mom’s and dad’s diagnoses. Whoa, was it impactful. I have known how much God has changed me and am so grateful for where my relationship is with my sister. And, yet, how quickly I was triggered. And, part of His changing of me is that, despite the trigger and its impact, I wasn’t resentful. I could be really triggered, without spiraling. Praise Him alone.
    Had to put it behind me, at least for today, as today was mom’s birthday. It was rainy here, so they were going to be home all day. She called this morning and invited me to come down for cards and pizza, since the weather was poor and she thought dad would like it if we were together. And it was ok – again, God is doing His healing work. And, I had to get back up on the horse. I will continue to pray about it, asking God to continue His work in me.
    I was planning on just hibernating all day. That will be my plan for tomorrow, once I get home from church.

  • robert moeller Posted April 23, 2023 5:54 am

    Accomplishing the move to the Poconos will, I hope, help resolve Erich’s situation and feelings. We are making progress. New appliances coming. They will help improve condo sale ability. Glad to read all the NEM posts, but have learned you haven’t seen mine. Nice walks, but rain today, Sunday. Thankful for NEM prayers.

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