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

Women such as Miriam and Hagar whose names were known, women of the wilderness whose names went unrecorded, and women who existed only in vision or dream: perhaps it was these women whose stories helped inspire and sustain those who followed after them in the desert. Perhaps the presence of these desert foremothers lingered in the landscape and assured the women who came after that even in the deepest desert there are wellsprings and in the wilderness, wings.

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

Today’s Question

Whose stories inspire and sustain you in life’s journey? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

The prophet Miriam, Aaron’s sister, took a tambourine in her hand; and all the women went out after her with tambourines and with dancing.
—Exodus 15:20 (NRSV)

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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  • robert moeller Posted March 24, 2022 5:33 am

    Jesus’s story comes first, but there are many others, those in Ukraine, ancestors who emigrated, judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, civil rights leaders, people who have aided in making much needed improvements for all humanity. Thankfully there is a long list.
    A wintry weather morning that will adjust a planned outing, good progress patching up the ceiling hole, packing up, and getting ready for trips that will help the upcoming move. Lots more to do. Thankful for resources that enable this activity. Thank You, Lord.

  • Julie Posted March 24, 2022 8:50 am

    I feel a affinity to David. His psalms are full of raw emotions and I have been inspired to give God my strong emotions as well.
    Megan is dog sitting for several days and I won’t see her until Saturday. She is pursuing purchasing a dog of her own. I have made it clear that I hate dogs and she is going forward. I informed her I will not help with any aspect of the dog. I am going to suggest doggie daycare. Still waiting to hear about kitties. We are having a new microwave installed today.
    Prayers for Ally and David, for their health and finances to improve. Prayers for God to be with April giviing her strength. Prayers for a successful review for Jill. Prayers for Robert’s safe travel and smooth relocation.

  • Jill Posted March 24, 2022 12:00 pm

    I am inspired by Paul’s truth speaking and perseverance despite so much time in prison. He stresses joy and brotherly lovingkindness amongst Believers. He found joy in terribly trying circumstances – and his statement “To live is Christ and to die is gain” should be each Christian’s motto. His steadfastness is an incredible example.
    As I am setting about getting next week’s schedule/agenda set for each of my classes – it was a pleasant recognition that next Friday is already April. Yes, maybe Spring Break isn’t as far off as I once imagined. I think the time is more likely going fast because there are 3 big things on my plate in these upcoming weeks – my evaluation, the anniversary of mom’s passing and the deadline for projects to be uploaded and submitted for my program.
    I am grateful that my sister and her husband are returning next week – so they will be in town for the anniversary of mom’s passing. Don’t want dad to be alone that day. I imagine we will all have dinner together that evening.
    Small group had good conversation and meaningful observations. Makes a later night for me, so a short night’s sleep. Thankfully tomorrow is Friday – so with a good night’s rest this evening, should finish the week well.

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