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

Today I invite you to glimpse the promise hidden in your pool of tears. Those tears hold the promise of new beginnings. One way to do this would be to become quiet for a few moments and imaginatively join Mary as she stands weeping outside the tomb. Envision yourself meeting Mary in the garden, her eyes and yours filled with tears. Go together across to the open tomb, look inside, and slowly take in what you see. Witness the intriguing emptiness of the grave . . . the grave clothes neatly folded . . . the shroud and napkin lying separately.

—Trevor Hudson, Hope Beyond Your Tears: Experiencing Christ’s Healing Love, with a foreword by Dallas Willard (Upper Room Books, 2012)

Today’s Question

What do you experience as you engage in this imaginative exercise? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

Mary stood weeping outside the tomb. As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb; and she saw two angels in white, sitting where the body of Jesus had been lying, one at the head and the other at the feet.
—John 20:11-12 (NRSV)

Prayer for the Week

God of Compassion, we offer you our tears—tears of release, tears of grief, tears of joy. Receive them in love, and reveal to us the healing they can bring. Amen. Submit your prayer to The Upper Room.

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1 Comment

  • Julie Posted March 14, 2022 8:35 am

    So apparently we had this same question in 2019 as today’s email link to this page sends you to the comments from then. I hope others find this back way in.
    I would feel the devastation of a lost friend and teacher and the end of the time of communion with the Son and Father.
    Yesterday Megan and I went to the Pittsbugh Home and Garden Show which is the largest in the country with ten acres off exhibits. My feet and knees are still not healed and of course there was much walking so I am in some pain today. Pray for me as I have made arrangements for new windows which h and I have discussed, but I need to tell him I scheduled. He does not like to spend any money on the house. Also the dementia has made him more surly especially with service people.
    Prayers for Ally, David, Jeremy and Roger may all their health improve, may Ally receive disability funds and please be with her family members with addiction, dementia and their caregivers. Prayers for Jill and Roger, may Roger’s diabetes be responding to the insulin. Prayers for Robert as he moves to my home state. My email is julie020664@gmail.com. Prayers for those who visit here.

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