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

WORDS carry much spiritual power. They wound and heal. They break down and build up. They discourage and encourage. Jesus places eternal value on them when he says we will be judged by the words we have spoken. Words are always more than words.
We dare not underestimate the damage that harmful words cause. They can destroy confidence, tarnish reputations, spread rumors, split families, divide communities, and spark wars. The old saying “Sticks and stones can break my bones, but words will never hurt me” is a lie.
In contrast, helpful words of love and appreciation have the potential to bring blessing and life. They can make God’s love real for those around us.

—Trevor Hudson
Pauses for Lent: 40 Words for 40 Days

From page 22 of Pauses for Lent: 40 Words for 40 Days by Trevor Hudson. Copyright © 2015 by The Upper Room. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. Learn more about or purchase this book.

Today’s Question

What words have you said this week to heal, build up, or encourage another person? Share your thoughts.

Today’s Scripture

I tell you, on the day of judgment you will have to give an account for every careless word you utter.
—Matthew 12:36, NRSV

Prayer for the Week

Create in me a clean heart, O God.

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  • robert moeller Posted February 22, 2019 12:27 pm

    Hopefully the words I spoke to Erich this morning were helpful. The need to move to our destination of interest is getting stronger by the moment. The opportunity Erich needs just isn’t here. Our research says it exists where we are hoping to go.

    Prayers for Joan Duffy and her family, visiting hours for her are tonight, and the funeral at church tomorrow morning at 11 am. Prayes for God’s spirit and wisdom to come to the UMC at the special General Conference that starts on Saturday. Long held views, interpretations, understandings are under scrutiny and what is decided will have a huge impact. Continued prayers for Gloria, Marcy, Anneliese, and Julie as each deals with important issues. Blessings to all the UR family, thank You, Lord for always being with all Your creation. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

  • Mary Ng Shwu Ling Posted February 22, 2019 4:47 pm

    Grateful for the fellowship and breakfast with my sister today. Also, thanked her for being a wonderful sister and made a batch of vitamin E soap for her.

    Daily my time spent with my parents, I try to encourage them to eat more and speak words of comfort in positively to them.

    Blessings to all and have a wonderful weekend!

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