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

WHEN FEAR BEGINS to overwhelm us, we can think of the living Christ, whose heart and voice are God’s heart and voice, speaking to us inwardly:

“I am here. I will not leave you. Hold onto me. You are safe with me. Breathe slowly. Breathe deeply. My healing breath of life is flowing into you. Take my peace into your body. Take my peace into your heart.”

– Flora Slosson Wuellner
Miracle: When Christ Touches Our Deepest Need

From p. 34 of Miracle by Flora Slosson Wuellner. Copyright © 2008 by the author. All Rights Reserved. Used with permission of Upper Room Books. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.

Today’s Question

When you are upset of afraid, remember the words above. Share your thoughts.

Today’s Scripture

What then is my reward? Just this: that in my proclamation I may make the gospel free of charge, so as not to make full use of my rights in the gospel.
1 Corinthians 9:18, NRSV

This Week: Pray for those suffering from natural disasters. Submit your prayer to The Upper Room Living Prayer Center or share it in the comment section.

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This week we remember: Brigid of Ireland (February 1).

Lectionary Readings

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  • Mary Ng Shwu Ling Posted February 3, 2018 12:15 am

    Visited dad today. He looks much better

    Thanks for all your prayers


  • Julie Posted February 3, 2018 7:42 am

    So good to hear from you Mary. Glad to hear your Dad is doing well. I had a hip replaced, it does take time to regain full mobility.
    This is a very reassuring reflection. I will try to remember these words throughout my days. I need these words to replace the constant fear with which I live.
    Blessings and prayers to all today.

    • Mary Ng Shwu Ling Posted February 3, 2018 7:54 am

      Thanks so much Julie for sharing your experience.

      Blessings to all

  • robert moeller Posted February 3, 2018 7:51 am

    That’s great news, Mary! Hopefully he’s home for New Year’s. Continue to pray for him, you, your family and school.

    Thankful there is peace, calm at Anneliese’s. The difficult tenant is gone. Not sure if the prospective new tenant will come, her work is a very long drive away. She’s thinking about it and will be back April 2nd.

    Anneliese’s palpitations continue. She needs to be checked. They do not occur when she is laying down. She’s looking into Life Alert or something like it, but phone connections there are not good.

    Handyman coming Monday to do some needed repairs.

    Thankful that Sunday is tomorrow, while I liked the train show, I very much miss church on Sunday.

    Prayers for healing, help, reconciliation, recuperation, and problem solving of all kinds for the UR family, my church family, my family, friends, this country and people around the world. We all need You, Lord. Thank You for your every presence, unconditional love, grace, and mercy. Help those with unbelief. Many blessings.

    • Mary Ng Shwu Ling Posted February 3, 2018 7:57 am

      Thanks so much Robert!

      Keeping you, Erich and Anneliese in prayets too


    • Mary Ng Shwu Ling Posted February 3, 2018 7:58 am

      Thanks so much Robert!

      Keeping you, Erich and Anneliese in prayers too


  • Sally Friedli Posted February 3, 2018 9:55 am

    This helped me so much this morning. Am on oxygen, so breathing is sometimes labored. This really helped my breathing become more Christ-centered.

    • robert moeller Posted February 3, 2018 10:55 am

      Welcome Sally. I go to a maintenance program at a hospital and a lady comes who is on oxygen all the time. I witness her difficulty breathing as she exercises. Have memories of difficulty breathing as a child with a couple of asthma attacks. I am sure my experience doesn’t come close to yours. Am very thankful that you have oxygen and even more thankful that this reflection and the Lord are helping you. Thank you so much for your witness. God is with you.

    • Marcy Posted February 4, 2018 6:30 pm

      Hello Sally! I have recently been put on oxygen and although I don’t need it 24/7, it doesn’t seem to help much when I’m walking and climbing stairs. After I sit, then the oxygen doesn’t it’s work and brings my levels back up. So I can relate to your post today. While doing breath prayers, I concentrate on the prayer, and as you say, it becomes easier. So happy to have you here, Sally! God bless you!

    • Marcy Posted February 4, 2018 6:32 pm

      Sorry, meant to say the oxygen DOES its work. Auto-correct strikes again!

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