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.


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

(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)

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


  • Jill Posted March 24, 2020 5:06 am

    Being intentional about my time with Him in the morning – asking Him to quiet my mind, my racing thoughts, to bring my focus to Him and His Word.
    The remainder of the day is a flurry of activity – and I need to take moments and confess my frustration, my poor attitude and re-center with Him and then move one. I will try to be more aware of this today.
    So grateful for a friend who is not intimidated by technology, but rather – embraces the struggle and won’t let go until the problem is solved. She tackled my biggest obstacle, and finally last night called and said she had victory! She is coming by this morning, with my document camera hooked up to my Macbook Pro, fully functional and ready for me to use. I can’t explain the strife this has been causing me since Saturday afternoon. I can learn from her – how she embraces the challenge and sticks with it. I would say that is usually how I operate, other than with technology. I quickly fold in frustration when technology is my obstacle.
    The last several mornings I have been noticing the chorus of birds – yes…Spring is trying to come and STAY. Sing on, feathered friends.

  • Bj Posted March 24, 2020 7:50 am

    Good morning, UR family! Praying that all is well on this blessed day. I am remined that God can give beauty from ashes. The Bible says in Isaiah 61:3 (kjv) that, “To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaveniness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified.” May it be known that this coronavirus too, shall pass. My dear friends, may God bless you and keep you. Pray for each other. Julie, I never stop reading the posts. I just don’t like the small readings on this tablet. It is not letting me mirror. Sometime I have a time trying to post. Before this coronavirus appeared, this crew was praying and giving testimonies like never before. “PRAY ON”

    • Bj Posted March 24, 2020 7:59 am

      Be encouraged! Psalm 118:6(kjv) reads, “The LORD is on my side; I will not fear: what can man do unto me?” Hang in there, Robert! You always tell of God’s goodness.

  • Julie Posted March 24, 2020 8:27 am

    Same as always: reading the Bible, reading and viewing various UR resources, and “listening” to the words shared here.
    Prayers for Jill and thankfulness for the techy friend who is able to assist you with your online teaching. I share your frustration and thought of you yesterday as I struggled with a new Kindle. I threw it at Megsn and said I hate this thing. She reminded me that this is always my attitude when faced with new tech. Sigh…
    Prayers for BJ and her strong testamony. I am glad to hear that you read all the time and I understand that some tablets are more onerous thank others. I absolutely recomment Samsung as that is what I use.
    Prayers for Andrea and her family, April and her flowers, Rick and his health and Lou and her children.
    Prayers for Robert as he continues to stay at home, may he stay safe and well and may his spirits soar on the wings of eagles.
    Megan will visit her best friends today. Young people…they think they are invincible.
    Prayers and thank you UR

    • robert moeller Posted March 24, 2020 8:38 am

      Hope Megan can catch well! Have soaring spirits, we are all God’s children. Glad to see a post from you.
      Our posting family has dwindled a bit, not sure if is because of the coronavirus or the new format.

  • robert moeller Posted March 24, 2020 8:33 am

    A clean white covering to just about everything. Roads and driveways plowed, bare, and wet. Fresh snow always perks me up. It sure beats brown an drab. That said, spring is coming, warmer temps and rain most of the rest of the week will get things greening up fast. Stay physically distance and socially in touch. We have the internet to hep us stay in touch, your letter writing skills will improve, tech skills get a boost with face to face conversation, use the phone. Be an activist and urge those who represent you to do the right thing. AND MOST OF ALL – PRAY! THERE ARE CONCERNS AND THERE ARE JOYS.

  • April Posted March 24, 2020 12:57 pm

    I am trying to see God in everything. Not just words, but nature, friends, feelings all can remind me that He is with me all the time, good times and bad. this morning on my walk there were 4 colorful finches out singing on their bird feeder, the daffodils are fading but my pansies are smiling. 3 of the plants were blooming when I purchased them and 3 were not. I didn’t know what color they would be, but now 1 of those not blooming is starting to bud and I am excited that it will be a dark purple one!
    BJ, thank you for the uplifting verses!! Jill, how exciting that you have a way to connect with your MacBook. Robert, thank you for the reminder of Joy!! Last night my reading was that Jesus is our Hope and Joy!! Julie, I connect with you as continuing to do the things we always do to connect….reading the UR, devotions, etc. I did try the praying while washing my hands and like it….have not decided on 1 verse, but maybe soon. I like Jill’s idea of memorizing verses….I know BJ has so many memorized….maybe I will too.
    Blessings dear UR Family. My procedure has been rescheduled for Thursday. I am hoping it will happen.

  • Andrea Posted March 24, 2020 2:15 pm

    Thank you, UR, for these short videos. Thank you for keeping this web site going so we can read, pray and comment.

    I am joining the first class of a new session of poetry classes today, on the Zoom format. I pray with gratitude for all the people in the technology world who have given us the means to communicate not only in writing via email and various kinds of phones,, but visually and audio-ably on our computers, pads, smart phones, whatever people have for staying connected. I pray with gratitude that the people in the tech world work continuously to keep our devices virus-free.

    My daily life with God is through prayer, walking, Upper Room readings and comments, walks, uplifting conversations with those dear to me, playing the piano, and watching over Lowell, my daughter, SIL, and grandson. We used Hangout yesterday to celebrate my grandson’s fifth birthday, and we talk on the phone every day. My daughter and I text continuously throughout the day. Hence, my immense gratitude for the people who keep our technology up-to-date and safe to use.

    Prayers for dear UR friends and for those for whom you pray.

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