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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.

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Today's Reflection

WE SEE THAT the liturgy of Holy Communion opens us up to the one who reconciles and heals. It forms us as peacebuilders, ministers of reconciliation. To this table God invites all who “seek to live in peace with one another.” The message is of God’s forgiveness and steadfast love in spite of our failure to love God and neighbor. God invites us to “offer one another signs of reconciliation and love.” (Thomas Porter)

—Thomas Porter, Conflict and Communion: Reconciliation and Restorative Justice at Christ's Table (Discipleship Resources, 2006)

Today's Question

How is God inviting you to build peace in your community? Join the conversation.

Today's Scripture

Do not repay anyone evil for evil, but take thought for what is noble in the sight of all. If it is possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all.
—Romans 12:17-18 (NRSV)

Prayer for the Week

O divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console, to be understood as to understand, to be loved as to love.
(From the Peace Prayer of Saint Francis)
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Today's Reflection

WHEN WE ARE in deep and growing union with God we begin to exult in the differences of others, just as God exults in the uniqueness of each of us. When we are in intimate relationship with God, we long passionately for the other person’s fulfillment in every way just as God longs for the healing and fulfillment of each of us.

—Flora Slosson Wuellner, Forgiveness the Passionate Journey: Nine Steps of Forgiving through Jesus’ Beatitudes (Upper Room Books, 2001)

Today's Question

What can you do to celebrate God’s uniqueness in yourself and others? Join the conversation.

Today's Scripture

And all of us, with unveiled faces, seeing the glory of the Lord as though reflected in a mirror, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another; for this comes from the Lord, the Spirit.
—2 Corinthians 3:18 (NRSV)

Prayer for the Week

Holy One, give me guidance to listen, clarity to address my pain, and strength to forgive.
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Today's Reflection

WHEN FELLOW CHRISTIANS are deeply divided on issues, if they center around the risen Christ with prayer, both verbal and silent, and celebrate the Eucharist together, the living presence of the Christ brings healing answers far deeper than we had dreamed.

—Flora Slosson Wuellner, Forgiveness the Passionate Journey: Nine Steps of Forgiving through Jesus’ Beatitudes (Upper Room Books, 2001)

Today's Question

How does being centered around Christ change your interactions with others? Join the conversation.

Today's Scripture

The glory that you have given me I have given them, so that they may be one, as we are one, I in them and you in me, that they may become completely one, so that the world may know that you have sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.
—John 17:22-23 (NRSV)

Prayer for the Week

Holy One, give me guidance to listen, clarity to address my pain, and strength to forgive.
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Today's Reflection

AS WE LEARN to be empowered in our gentleness, open to God, one another, ourselves, by our very existence we expand the realm of the meek, who have been promised the whole earth. And even now, even before the realm of the open, the gentle, the expectant, covers the earth, as each of us individually opens to and enters into God’s gentle power, we already have inherited the earth of God’s vision. We already are rooted and grounded in the world of God’s will.

—Flora Slosson Wuellner, Forgiveness the Passionate Journey: Nine Steps of Forgiving through Jesus’ Beatitudes (Upper Room Books, 2001)

Today's Question

How can you extend God’s gentleness today? Join the conversation.

Today's Scripture

Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.
—Matthew 5:5 (NRSV)

Prayer for the Week

Holy One, give me guidance to listen, clarity to address my pain, and strength to forgive.
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Today's Reflection

GOD’S HEART OF ENDLESS mercy shines like light within and around us, draws our pain and darkness to the healing source, and flows like a river of life into our body, our daily life, and to those around us. Some of us experience this mercy at first only as a slight trickle, a thin thread of change. Others of us already feel a vast abundant river of mercy.

—Flora Slosson Wuellner, Forgiveness the Passionate Journey: Nine Steps of Forgiving through Jesus’ Beatitudes (Upper Room Books, 2001)

Today's Question

What enables you to notice God’s river of mercy in your life? Join the conversation.

Today's Scripture

The LORD is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.
—Psalm 145:8 (NRSV)

Prayer for the Week

Holy One, give me guidance to listen, clarity to address my pain, and strength to forgive.
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Today's Reflection

FORGIVENESS IS A MAJOR RELEASE: a release from the prison and burden of the past. This release does not mean release from responsibility for what was done. Nor does release necessarily mean release from paying a penalty in this world. It means release from the chains of resentment and guilt that hold us back from entering God’s freedom, the new beginning as a beloved child of God. It means release from the expectations and obligations of the past so that we and those who injured us may start anew.

—Flora Slosson Wuellner, Forgiveness the Passionate Journey: Nine Steps of Forgiving through Jesus’ Beatitudes (Upper Room Books, 2001)

Today's Question

When have you experienced the release that comes with forgiveness? Join the conversation.

Today's Scripture

For freedom Christ has set us free. Stand firm, therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.
—Galatians 5:1 (NRSV)

Prayer for the Week

Holy One, give me guidance to listen, clarity to address my pain, and strength to forgive.
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