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

It is always our responsibility to continually focus our hearts and minds—not on our past failures or sins, on our future concerns and worries, or on those ever-present struggles that come our way each day but on the God who raised Jesus from the dead. As we choose to do this with simple trust, the Holy Spirit will impart greater measures of divine joy into our lives.

There can be no greater joy than knowing that nothing, not even death, can ever separate us from the love that God has for us in Jesus Christ.

—Trevor Hudson, Pauses for Pentecost: 50 Words for Easter People (Upper Room Books, 2018)

Today’s Question

Do others see joy in you? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

[Mary Magdalene and the other Mary] left the tomb quickly with fear and great joy and ran to tell his disciples.
—Matthew 28:8 (NRSVUE)

Prayer for the Week

Lord Jesus Christ, breathe the freshness of your Spirit into us that we may come alive again.
[prayer by Trevor Hudson in Pauses for Pentecost]
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  • robert moeller Posted April 3, 2024 6:15 am

    There have been people who have told me this. It has been a while since anyone said this. Perhaps, by their actions some have recognized it, but I on my own can not verify this. For most of my life I have considered my self to be an optimist as I could see no other way to live. With Jesus, God, and the Holy Spirit always present I am full of hope, Thank You, Lord.
    Expecting what may be the last snow storm of the season to start today. Hopefully one last ski tomorrow.

  • Rusty Posted April 3, 2024 11:17 am

    I hope so!

    I love the passage in today’s reading that says we focus our hearts on “God who raised Jesus from the dead. As we choose to do this with simple trust, the Holy Spirit will impart greater measures of divine joy into our lives.”


    Greetings to Robert! Even though we may not be able to see your posts, Robert, we know you are with us. Please know you are in our hearts and on our minds. 😀

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