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

THREE YEARS had passed since my husband’s last trip outside the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex when I mentioned how nice it would be to visit our son and his family in Arkansas over the Easter weekend. …

Bob did well on the trip, and both of us enjoyed the sunny weather and lush springtime scenery. After checking into our room, we drove eight miles farther up a mountain road for a delightful family supper in our son’s lovely home with its spectacular view. We knew he and his wife, a registered nurse, would be occupied with their busy medical clinic the next day but had expected the children would be out of school for Good Friday. However, the kids had to make up a snow day, which meant Bob and I were on our own Friday.

At breakfast in the motel the next morning, we inquired if there was a short excursion we might take to enjoy the natural beauty. The gracious woman who fixed our plates … told us about her favorite place – Haw Creek Falls high up in the nearby Ozarks. … I discovered a path wide and firm enough to accommodate Bob’s motorized chair. After some precarious teetering, Bob wheeled out onto a rocky shelf next to the waterfalls. We sat for a long time as our thirsty spirits gulped in the sounds and sights of our natural surroundings.

Earlier in the day we had lamented the fact we would miss Good Friday church services. … Determined to commemorate this significant holy day somewhere somehow, I had packed the Bible along with our snacks and drinks. Sitting on a barren rock next to the wheelchair, I listened to Bob read aloud the Passion story found in the 18th and 19th chapters of the Gospel of John. He read slowly and deliberately, sometimes pausing with overwhelming emotion.

I looked up into the face of my beloved, whose face is marked by “crown of thorns” scars from three episodes in a metal halo. He loves his brother Jesus and identifies intensely with the Man of Suffering and Sorrow. Tears ran down our cheeks as the scriptural phrases reverberated throughout our outdoor cathedral with its background music of splashing waterfalls.

O Jesus, Lamb that was slain, keep me near the cross. I experience the cosmic dimensions of your wondrous self-offering love when I recall ______________________. I am overwhelmed with gratitude. Amen.

– Nell Noonan
The Struggles of Caregiving

From pages 35-36 of The Struggles of Caregiving: 28 Days of Prayer by Nell E. Noonan. Copyright © 2011 by Nell E. Noonan. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.

Today’s Question

O Jesus, Lamb that was slain, keep me near the cross. I experience the cosmic dimensions of your wondrous self-offering love when I recall ______________________. I am overwhelmed with gratitude. Amen. Share your thoughts.

Today’s Scripture

When Jesus had received the wine, he said, “It is finished.” Then he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.

John 19:30, NRSV

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Lectionary Readings

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  • Jill Posted March 30, 2018 5:02 am

    The ocean is a very spiritual place for me. I have plans to head there in a week’s time and mother is insisting I stick to my plans. I told her I would cancel, bu,t for now, she is encouraging me to go. My sister will also be gone during that time and I am concerned about leaving my parents. Yet, I so feel that time away, at a beach, would be so good for my soul.
    Attended the Maundy Thursday service at church last evening. It was a small, intimate gathering – a good time of reflection, quiet worship and receiving The Word, as well as Communion. The pastor spoke from Mark 14, emphasizing Jesus’ plan, prediction and provision.
    Father – what a day today is. Enhance my perspective of the great suffering Your Son endured for me. Assist me to desire Your Will and Your ways more than anything else.

  • Louise Posted March 30, 2018 5:52 am

    What a beautiful, passionate, thought provoking peace. I loved the visual connection to the crown of thorns and could almost hear the water in the outdoor cathedral. We all have our crosses to bare in this life but what a wonderful gift we all also have in the powerful love and guidance of Jesus. I pray for all of you daily. May your Good Friday, Holy Saturday, and Easter be filled with Jesus love.

  • robert c moeller II Posted March 30, 2018 6:28 am

    Over many years I have come to a limited understanding of the enormous suffering Jesus experienced between His arrest in the garden of Gethsemane and His death on the cross. Beyond the human inflicted physical pain there is the emotional pain of rejection by the people he came to save. then too there is the enormous, have no idea how to measure it, weight of the world’s sin that has to be paid for with His death. What an accomplishment from our Lord and Savior, our Redeemer, the Messiah. Lord, our words of thanks are insufficient.

    Reading the passages mentioned in today’s reflection will be an activity done today. Prayers for Gloria and Lary, Jill and Becky, Andrea’s husband, Lowell, and her friend Jane. thankful for a post from Louise, prayers for Julie’s hands, foot and well being, for her daughter, prayers for Marcy that life’s needs will be met, for Lou and her children, for Mary, Francesica, Connie, Carol, Rusty and K, Betsy and Grace, Chloe and Paige, Joan, Mark and every UR visitor.
    Thank You, Lord, for paying for our sins. You did what we can not do and gave us life.

    A blessed and holy Good Friday to all with anticipation for the joy of Easter morning.

    • Andrea Posted March 30, 2018 7:02 am

      Thank you Robert. Blessings and prayers for you, Erich, Anneliese and Pearl.

      • robert moeller Posted March 30, 2018 8:06 am

        Thank you Andrea, just finished reading chapters 18-19 of the Gospel of John.
        Powerful words.

        Thankful that Anneliese is able to do do a lot so so soon after her heart ablation. Of course, she wishes she could do even more, but recovery from heart related problems takes time.

        Spiritually, today is the toughest day of the year. That we have a Savior, Messiah, Jesus Christ who was willing to do what He did for us despite our sin, is a hard to comprehend truth. So thankful that it is true, did happen, and Jesus is alive.

        • Lou Posted March 30, 2018 8:52 pm

          Thank you Robert – I read those chapters as well- thankful for your strong testimony and faith. Always grateful for your post.

    • Mary Ng Shwu Ling Posted March 30, 2018 5:46 pm

      Thank you Robert for your prayers and sharing


  • Mary Ng Shwu Ling Posted March 30, 2018 7:59 am

    Thank you God for sending your only son, Jesus Christ, to die on the cross for my sins.


    • robert moeller Posted March 30, 2018 8:07 am

      Thank you, Mary!

      God’s peace to you.

  • Julie Posted March 30, 2018 7:59 am

    I try, but obviously, fall far short of understanding the depth of suffering which reveals the depth of love of Jesus this day. How He suffered due to His love for me and for you.
    Prayers for Andrea, Lowell and Jane T. I pray you are able to celebrate Easter with just the two of you.
    Prayers for Jill and her family as they meet with the oncologist today.
    Prayers for Robert, Erich, Annaliese aand Pearl. I pray you have a blessed Easter with Erich.
    Prayers for Louise. Thankful for your post after an absence.
    Blessings and prayers for and thanks to all of my UR family this holy weekend
    Life is about using the whole box of crayons.

    • robert moeller Posted March 30, 2018 8:10 am

      Yes, Julie! I echo your prayers and thoughts.

      God’s peace be with you!

    • Connie Posted March 30, 2018 8:44 am

      When I was young, nothing made me more happy than a brand new box (64) of crayons! Happy Easter, Julie.

    • Andrea Posted March 30, 2018 9:50 am

      Thank you, Julie. I pray you will have a peaceful, meaningful Easter and that the Raynaud’s discomfort will subside.

  • Connie Posted March 30, 2018 8:41 am

    “I will cherish the old rugged cross and exchange it some day for a crown”
    Have a blessed and reflective Good Friday, my dear friends.

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