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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

In each setting, whether in the desert or the city, women grappled with core questions about what it meant to follow Christ and what rhythms of solitude and community would foster their discipleship. The desert mothers invite us to reflect on our practices—the means by which we seek after God and the attitudes of heart that dispose us to deeper relationship with God. In the coming days, as we reflect on these women of the desert, we will explore such practices as prayer, humility, lectio divina, and discernment, asking along the way, How do we practice? By what particular path will we follow Christ? What habits enable us to unhide ourselves from God?

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

Today's Question

What spiritual practices enable you to unhide yourself from God? Join the conversation.

Today's Scripture

Jesus would withdraw to deserted places for prayer.
—Luke 5:16 (CEB)

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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Today's Reflection

Whether we are walking through valleys or through ordinary days, the practices that keep us rooted are the same. When things are going well, we sometimes lose focus and cut back on the habits that keep us grounded. Faithfulness helps us stay on the path, keeping us connected with the Holy One, so that we are ready to face whatever valleys we encounter.

—Beth A. Richardson, Walking in the Wilderness: Seeking God During Lent (Upper Room Books, 2020)

Today's Question

What are the spiritual practices that keep you grounded? Join the conversation.

Today's Scripture

Even though I walk through the darkest valley,
I fear no evil;
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
they comfort me.
—Psalm 23:4 (NRSVUE)

Prayer for the Week

Holy One, my body, soul, and spirit hunger and thirst for you. Here in this barren wilderness, fill me with your living water. Shape me into the one you would have me become. Amen.
—Beth A. Richardson, Walking in the Wilderness
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Today's Reflection

What would it be like to stop regarding others through human eyes? To, instead, see each person as beloved of God, someone that we are called to love as we love ourselves? I must confess that I find it difficult to imagine myself sitting down with an enemy and knowing deeply that we are both beloved of God.

But Christ calls us to love rather than hate, to open hardened hearts to the fears and pain of other human beings, despite their personal belief system or political view.

—Beth A. Richardson, Walking in the Wilderness: Seeking God During Lent (Upper Room Books, 2020)

Today's Question

Who can support you in practicing love for an enemy? Join the conversation.

Today's Scripture

"But I say to you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you."
—Matthew 5:44 (NRSVUE)

Prayer for the Week

Holy One, my body, soul, and spirit hunger and thirst for you. Here in this barren wilderness, fill me with your living water. Shape me into the one you would have me become. Amen.
—Beth A. Richardson, Walking in the Wilderness
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Today's Reflection

I have become the person I am today because of my wounds and their healing by the Holy One. I believe that my creativity, my capacity for empathy, and my resilience are gifts from my wounding and healing. I now am able to offer these gifts back to the world. I am grateful for the grace that others have given me as I have moved through the healing of my wounds toward becoming “a new creation.” May I offer that same grace to others.

—Beth A. Richardson, Walking in the Wilderness: Seeking God During Lent (Upper Room Books, 2020)

Today's Question

How have your wounds and their healing led you to become “a new creation”? Join the conversation.

Today's Scripture

If anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; look, new things have come into being!
—2 Corinthians 5:17 (NRSVUE)

Prayer for the Week

Holy One, my body, soul, and spirit hunger and thirst for you. Here in this barren wilderness, fill me with your living water. Shape me into the one you would have me become. Amen.
—Beth A. Richardson, Walking in the Wilderness
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Today, the World Day of Prayer, we invite you to join our global community of prayer. Share any prayer requests you may have on The Upper Room Prayer Wall, and become a prayer partner to pray for those in need. Visit UpperRoom.org/prayer.

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Today's Reflection

When I connect my wholehearted prayer life with action, I move beyond the paralysis of despair into an action-oriented outlet for my prayers. We are called to embody Christ, to be Christ’s hands, feet, and heart in a broken world. May we consider how we are called into action through our prayers.

—Beth A. Richardson, Walking in the Wilderness: Seeking God During Lent (Upper Room Books, 2020)

Today's Question

When have your prayers moved you to action? Join the conversation.

Today's Scripture

Therefore let all who are faithful
offer prayer to you;
at a time of distress, the rush of mighty waters
shall not reach them.
—Psalm 32:6 (NRSVUE)

Prayer for the Week

Holy One, my body, soul, and spirit hunger and thirst for you. Here in this barren wilderness, fill me with your living water. Shape me into the one you would have me become. Amen.
—Beth A. Richardson, Walking in the Wilderness
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As we approach the World Day of Prayer on March 1, we invite you to join our global community of prayer. Share any prayer requests you may have on The Upper Room Prayer Wall, and become a prayer partner to pray for those in need. Visit UpperRoom.org/prayer.

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Today's Reflection

My spirit hungers and thirsts for God. My heart desires to be shaped by the Holy One, to be clay in the hands of the potter. I imagine myself as soft, red clay in the strong hands of the Creator of the Universe. I feel the deep dryness within me quenched by God’s abundant living water. My soul cries out with joy that I am beloved of God.

—Beth A. Richardson, Walking in the Wilderness: Seeking God During Lent (Upper Room Books, 2020)

Today's Question

How can you be refreshed by God’s living water today? Join the conversation.

Today's Scripture

Because your steadfast love is better than life, my lips will praise you.
—Psalm 63:3 (NRSVUE)

Prayer for the Week

Holy One, my body, soul, and spirit hunger and thirst for you. Here in this barren wilderness, fill me with your living water. Shape me into the one you would have me become. Amen.
—Beth A. Richardson, Walking in the Wilderness
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Something More

As we approach the World Day of Prayer on March 1, we invite you to join our global community of prayer. Share any prayer requests you may have on The Upper Room Prayer Wall, and become a prayer partner to pray for those in need. Visit UpperRoom.org/prayer.

Lectionary Readings

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