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

Like most of us, I have lived Christian history’s ambivalence about our bodies; I have felt alien to my own body. But I began to see in that group of people at the retreat—old and young together, standing and moving freely, offering their bodies to God as a “living sacrifice” as Paul tells us to do (Rom. 12:1)—that our bodies are a gift through which we can learn from Jesus. . . . With our bodies we pass the peace; we sing; we eat the bread and drink from the cup. Our bodies let us rest on the sabbath and offer a cup of cold water in Christ’s name. We live our faith through our bodies.

—L. Roger Owens, What We Need Is Here: Practicing the Heart of Christian Spirituality (Upper Room Books, 2015)

Today’s Question

How important to you are body gestures such as bowing the head, making the sign of the cross, or kneeling? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

I appeal to you therefore, brothers and sisters, on the basis of God’s mercy, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your reasonable act of worship.
—Romans 12:1 (NRSVUE)

Prayer for the Week

Day by day, dear Lord,
of thee three things I pray;
to see thee more clearly,
to love thee more dearly,
to follow thee more nearly,
day by day.
—prayer attributed to Richard of Chichester, England, 13th century
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  • Andrea Posted February 22, 2024 9:28 am

    I am so aware of the gift of our bodies and, now, the fragility. My husband, Lowell, has multiple myeloma. Several more vertebrae in his spine have compression fractures. This morning he is unable to get out of bed due to pain. That has not happened before. He has his first radiation appointment at noon and I pray we can get there. He is on chemo and is not having side effects, thankfully. I pray to be able to continue to care for him at home. I ask UR friends for your prayers, and hold you in mine.

  • April Posted February 22, 2024 5:59 pm

    My heart goes out to you Andrea and Lowell. Multiple myeloma is the same diagnosis that we were given 2.5 years ago and have been working with daily. All that you have written we have experienced. It is a tough disease for both the patient and the caregiver. I am not sure if we are allowed to exchange email information but I would be very willing to share what I know about MM, my support groups, webinars, hints. My email is lois.stebbins@gmail.com
    I pray that Lowell was able to have his treatment today and that his pain has decreased.
    I pray for Julie and Ally and Rusty as caregivers, Jill as she teaches and contributes to this site so faithfully, Lou as she remembers so many “old” New Every Morning family members and prays for us. I lift up Robert to the care of Our Heavenly Father and pray He will hold him close.
    Blessings to all. May you feel the hand of Jesus guiding and upholding you through every minute of the day. I know I do

  • Ally Posted February 22, 2024 9:01 pm

    Andrea and April, know that I am lifting you in prayer and am in agreement with prayers for all our friends here. Thank you for your prayers.

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