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

EACH OF US does sit next to a pool of tears. As you read my words you are sitting beside your pool; and as I write these words, I am seated next to mine. Our pools are different. Some are deeper; some are muddier. Some have been caused by what has been done to us; some are the result of our own doing. These pools remind us of the grief and losses that we have experienced through our lives. It might have been the death of a loved one, the pain of divorce, abuse as a child, the unmet longing for a partner, the loss of a job, or a rejection by a close friend. There are many different kinds of pools—the list goes on and on.

But tears don’t have to end in sadness and pain. As different as our pools of tears may be, they can lead us into a new space of change and growth. If we allow our tears to tell their stories, they can become the means by which our lives are transformed.

—Trevor Hudson
Hope Beyond Your Tears: Experiencing Christ’s Healing Love

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Today’s Question

In what ways can you identify with Mary as she stands weeping outside the tomb?
Share your thoughts.

Today’s Scripture

But Mary stood weeping outside the tomb. As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb.
—John 20:11-12, NRSV

Prayer for the Week

Lord, fill my life with resurrection hope.

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  • Jill Posted April 29, 2019 4:03 am

    My pool became a bit deeper and wider yesterday at the cancer support group. Surely, as each person shares, we weep together. It is very powerful. Our tears open new avenues – to each other, for communication, for healing, for transformation. It is a safe space…to express our doubts, weaknesses, fears, disappointments, as well as hope. Where there is vulnerability, there is strength. A lot of people don’t understand that, think that is an oxymoron. But what a truth it is – and I am glad to experience it. God was in our midst, observing our tears and welcoming them as part of His healing transformation.
    Grateful for the sun coming out yesterday, despite a cold wind – and the time to work in my yard. It looked a bit like a jungle – but after a few hours…back to respectability. Mowing, trimming, pulling weeds in my flower beds, fertilizing. All good activities to toil away at as my mind and heart processed the meeting from the morning and all the emotions that came with it. Grateful for my Monday night small group – they purchased a spring blooming tree for me, in memory of my mom. The leader and her husband brought it by, just as I was finishing up in the yard. Didn’t get it planted – that is for another day. Grateful for lunch with my friend – she was willing to sit with me and my pool of tears at the restaurant, following the meeting.
    Back to school today – five weeks remain. My seniors begin testing in one week, they test in my subject two weeks from today. I am anxious to see what they did over break – hoping those who needed to, used it well.

  • robert moeller Posted April 29, 2019 6:36 am

    I believe the passing of someone we love dearly is perhaps the toughest loss we can experience. Mary is experiencing this as she goes to the tomb to anoint Jesus’ body with spices. I have been to the grave of dearly loved, even had their remains moved to be with other family members. Tears come pretty easily.

    While not so heart rending, sharing news of the expected move with church
    members yesterday was also hard. I came home to Vermont after almost 50 years and after a slightly longer than 2 year stay I’m moving again. It is a necessary and beneficial move, not just for my son, but also for me. Still I’m thankful Vermont is not far away.

    Prayers for a positive week for all the UR family. Thank You, Lord.

  • William Anderson Posted April 29, 2019 6:56 am

    I weep outside the tomb because what lies inside is life. My pool of tears has been informed by brokenness, growing up on the streets, years of being abused, and a hardening of my life. My faith tells me the stone will be rolled away, rolled away even for me. Come, Jesus, Come!

  • Julie Posted April 29, 2019 8:24 am

    I have a deep pool of tears. I have lost loved ones, divorced, live in a loveless and abusive marriage, had an alcoholic and adulterer father, and the list goes on and on. We all have pools and need to remember this when interacting with others. We should treat others with empathy and compassion.
    Spent a lovely day with my daughter yesterday. We saw the big movie event: Avengers:Endgame. It was amazing and it involved much loss. Many people openly weeped which I found lovely and displayed a sense of community.
    Prayers for Jill and Larry. Thanksgiving for safe travel and support groups. I pray your father may join one also.
    Prayers for Robert and Erich, make staight their path Lord. Prayers for the sorrow of leaving behind cherished church friends and prayers a new church with rewarding opportunities awaits in the new location.
    Prayers forWilliam Anderson. May God heal you pain and may others see your pool and reach out to you in love and fellowship.
    Prayers for Mary and her family as they reume their routines following her mum’s illness and funeral.
    Prayers for Mrcy, she ismissed.
    Prayers and blessings and warm hugs for each of the UR family. Thank you for your prayers.

    • Mary Ng Shwu Ling Posted April 29, 2019 9:26 am

      Thanks Julie!

      Glad you had a lovely day with your daughter. May you have many more happy days!

      Blessings to all!

      I don’t cry much but when I watch a sad movie especially if it is based on a true story, I will cry.

  • Mary Ng Shwu Ling Posted April 29, 2019 10:00 am

    May God heal and bless you, William!

  • Edy Posted April 29, 2019 3:17 pm

    I wear my heart on my sleeve. I cannot control my tears, especially singing worship songs and when praying for healing for friends and family. A friend of mine said “It’s the Holy Spirit” anyway I’m a very emotional person. Well, in one week from today I will know if my sons tumor behind his eye was removed successfully without damage and it was not malignant. I do trust God and I have asked Him many times to guide the surgeons hand and mind. Please continue prayers and I will let everyone know as soon as I know! Pray for Edy and Bill and family. Thank you all!

  • robert moeller Posted March 14, 2022 8:05 am

    Not sure why these old posts appeared, memories of different times and people. Miss them. I think I would be quite mystified going to this tomb and finding it empty, and with burial clothes neatly folded. The presence of “angels “ would add to that mystery. Not sure if I would know what I know now,Christ is risen, or be like Mary very understandably upset.
    Have the needed part and a video showing its installation so hopefully one of the two plumbing problems should be fixed today. Have contacts for other plumbers used by church members. Hope the work is done soon.
    Have some experience in PA, Pittsburgh in steel making days, 1957; Carlisle Barracks in the late 70s and mid 80s, visits to Gettysburg, Hershey Park, Three Mile Island, Steamtown, Reading malls,Poconos ski areas, Bushkill Falls, Philadelphia, and spots along the Delaware River in the 90s, early 2000s. Still I welcome all the insights I can get to help making the right decision . Thank you, Julie.
    Zoom hymn focused Lenten study tomorrow, Fairest Lord Jesus starts it off. Thank You, Lord.

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