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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*

 

Words of Hope During COVID-19

Sharon Conley Cottingham, an Upper Room staff person who is caregiver for her adult sister, tells how she is extending care to her sister from a distance.

Today's Reflection

The good news is that God is more eager to forgive us than we will ever know. God is always there to embrace us, to receive us home again, and to let us start afresh. We see this clearly in the way Jesus constantly offers forgiveness to those around him who have failed.

One reason we struggle to forgive others is that we do not really believe that we are forgiven people. If we could fully accept the truth that we are forgiven and we don’t have to live in shame and guilt, we would know the freedom to forgive. As a forgiven people, we possess the power of forgiveness.

—Trevor Hudson, Pauses for Lent: 40 Words for 40 Days (Upper Room Books, 2015)

Today's Question

Can you accept the truth that you are forgiven? Join the conversation.

Today's Scripture

When he saw their faith, he said, “Friend, your sins are forgiven you.”
—Luke 5:20 (NRSV)

Prayer for the Week

Our Father, who is in heaven, give me the bread I need today.
Submit your prayer to The Upper Room.

Something More

How do we stay centered in the midst of fears, grief, and stress? Here are some resources to help you keep—or create—spiritual wellness and wholeness in the midst of anxiety and stress.

Lectionary Readings

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Words of Hope During COVID-19

Migdiel Perez, manager of The Upper Room Prayer Center, talks about how he has adapted his daily time with God while staying at home during the coronavirus pandemic.

 

Today's Reflection

The devastating suffering of poverty causes God to weep. Sharing God’s grief means we act in whatever ways we can to bridge the gap between the rich and poor. In this way, we can embody Jesus’ good news for the poor.

Lent challenges us to examine how we relate to those who are impoverished. We can ask ourselves, Who do I know personally who suffers from poverty?, What can I learn from the poor?, and How is God calling me to help in efforts aimed at alleviating poverty? Questions like these lead us into greater faithfulness to God whose heart is always turned toward the poor.

—Trevor Hudson, Pauses for Lent: 40 Words for 40 Days (Upper Room Books, 2015)

Today's Question

How are you creating daily life with God during these times of uncertainty and isolation? Join the conversation.

Today's Scripture

“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,
because he has anointed me
to bring good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives
and recovery of sight to the blind,
to let the oppressed go free.”

—Luke 4:18 (NRSV)

Prayer for the Week

Our Father, who is in heaven, give me the bread I need today.
Submit your prayer to The Upper Room.

Something More

How do we stay centered in the midst of fears, grief, and stress? Here are some resources to help you keep—or create—spiritual wellness and wholeness in the midst of anxiety and stress.

Lectionary Readings

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Words of Hope during COVID-19

Trevor Hudson, a pastor, retreat leader from South Africa, and author of Pauses for Lent, discusses how to reshape our days when unexpected circumstances knock our lives out of shape.

 

Today's Reflection

Listening lies at the heart of life with God. But in order to listen to God, we need to learn how to listen to the person next to us. After all, how can we listen to God, whom we cannot see, if we cannot listen to the person we can see?

Lent can be a time when we embark on a spiritual adventure in learning to listen. We can begin this exercise with those closest to us—our colleagues at work, family members, or friends. Listening will become a spiritual practice, an everyday habit, a way of life.

—Trevor Hudson, Pauses for Lent: 40 Words for 40 Days (Upper Room Books, 2015)

Today's Question

How can you practice listening today? Join the conversation.

Today's Scripture

Know this, my dear brothers and sisters: everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to grow angry.
—James 1:19 (CEB)

Prayer for the Week

Our Father, who is in heaven, give me the bread I need today.
Submit your prayer to The Upper Room.

Something More

How do we stay centered in the midst of fears, grief, and stress? Here are some resources to help you keep—or create—spiritual wellness and wholeness in the midst of anxiety and stress.

Lectionary Readings

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Words of Hope during COVID-19

Kara Lassen Oliver, author of Passing It On, shares the challenges of finding daily time for God while her family is isolated at home during the coronavirus pandemic.

 

Today's Reflection

Sometimes we make the gospel too small. We reduce it to individuals being reconciled to God or even to God forming a special community. But God’s work goes far beyond those acts. God’s plan includes the healing of the whole world. … God invites us to be part of this divine dream. We cannot take on all human needs and struggles, but we can serve God by taking a small role in healing and reconciliation wherever our lives take us.

—Trevor Hudson, Pauses for Lent: 40 Words for 40 Days (Upper Room Books, 2015)

Today's Question

How is God inviting you to be a part of healing the world? Join the conversation.

Today's Scripture

God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him won’t perish but will have eternal life.
—John 3:16 (CEB)

Prayer for the Week

Our Father, who is in heaven, give me the bread I need today.
Submit your prayer to The Upper Room.

Something More

How do we stay centered in the midst of fears, grief, and stress? Here are some resources to help you keep—or create—spiritual wellness and wholeness in the midst of anxiety and stress.

Lectionary Readings

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Words of Hope during COVID-19

Stephen Bryant, publisher of The Upper Room, reflects on how the Holy Spirit can help us build community in a time of forced isolation.

 

Today's Reflection

Despite constant talk of the value of peace, we find very little in this world. Both our public and personal lives reflect our tragic lack of peace—spiraling cycles of violence, unhealthy addictions, and destructive tensions that divide families, communities, and countries. We are far better at loving the idea of peace than at making peace within the realities of our lives.

So our need for peace cries out to heaven as one of the deepest yearnings of the human heart. … We long for God’s shalom that the ancient prophets proclaim.

—Trevor Hudson, Pauses for Lent: 40 Words for 40 Days (Upper Room Books, 2015)

Today's Question

How are you creating daily life with God during these times of uncertainty and isolation? Join the conversation.

Today's Scripture

Happy are people who make peace, because they will be called God’s children.
—Matthew 5:9 (CEB)

Prayer for the Week

Our Father, who is in heaven, give me the bread I need today.
Submit your prayer to The Upper Room.

Something More

How do we stay centered in the midst of fears, grief, and stress? Here are some resources to help you keep—or create—spiritual wellness and wholeness in the midst of anxiety and stress.

Lectionary Readings

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Words of Hope during COVID-19

Junius Dotson, author of Soul Reset: Breakdown, Breakthrough, and the Journey to Wholeness, reflects on this question and offers encouragement from Psalm 23.

 

Today's Reflection

In the prayer that Jesus teaches his disciples, he invites them to ask for daily bread. This request points us toward our utter dependence on God for sustaining our lives. This phrase emphasizes God’s provision—God offers us what we really need on a daily basis.

What are those specific things that we honestly need right now? To ask for these things is what beloved children do naturally when they turn to the one they call Father.

—Trevor Hudson, Pauses for Lent: 40 Words for 40 Days (Upper Room Books, 2015)

Today's Question

How are you creating daily life with God during these times of uncertainty and isolation? Join the conversation.

Today's Scripture

Give us the bread we need for today.
—Matthew 6:11 (CEB)

Prayer for the Week

Our Father, who is in heaven, give me the bread I need today.
Submit your prayer to The Upper Room.

Something More

How do we stay centered in the midst of fears, grief, and stress? Here are some resources to help you keep—or create—spiritual wellness and wholeness in the midst of anxiety and stress.

Lectionary Readings

(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)

Looking for lectionary-based resources? Learn more about The Upper Room Disciplines.

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