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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

Christian stewardship is born in joyfully receiving, in giving thanks for what God has already done for us. We give not to earn God’s benefits or to help God in God’s endeavors. We give as a joyful response to what God has done in our lives and as a joyful way to take part in ministries that we may never see or participate in physically but that still bring an awareness of God’s love into the minds and hearts of others. . . . Giving is a joyful way to respond to God’s grace at work in us and to join God in work around the world.

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

Today’s Question

How much of your giving is motivated by gratitude for what God has done for you? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

Not that I desire your gifts; what I desire is that more be credited to your account. I have received full payment and have more than enough. I am amply supplied, now that I have received from Epaphroditus the gifts you sent. They are a fragrant offering, an acceptable sacrifice, pleasing to God.
—Philippians 4:17-18 (NIV)

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 16, 2024 5:55 am

    I desire my giving to come from a grateful heart and that it be used to honor Him, leading others towards Him. I think what the writer said is spot on.
    Father God – I lift to You those who visit here, who participate in the prayer lifting of concerns. The concerns are known to You, even if not to us. Father – be near, strengthen those caregiving. For those seeking discernment, might they listen for Your still, small voice. For those in need of encouragement and nourishment – Father, supply their daily bread, provide daily manna. Father – may You alone receive the glory.

  • Lou Posted March 16, 2024 11:23 am

    I try to give without intention and admittedly I forget often to thank my God for all he has done for me- it’s so much easier to focus on the lack or the problem or the negative – but I strive to reorient myself to look at all He has done for me and continues to do. I try to do better each day- Lord help me!
    It’s a beautiful sunny day- Spring is coming to the Midwest –
    Thankful that the recent tornadoes went around my elderly mother’s community. I was watching the weather radar from several states away as tornadoes tore through my home state- and there was a little “pocket” around my hometown that could only be attributed to many prayers and God’s faithful reply.
    Thankful to God for his many blessings- may we continue to focus on this and His great love.
    So very thankful to those who pursued Robert and thankful that he is well. What relief! Glad that you can “see” us Robert!!! Sending you prayers and love.

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