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

I KNOW GOD doesn’t only communicate in the silence. I believe God speaks to us through the whole of our life. But silence creates space for us to practice listening for God so that we may better experience God’s presence in all areas. Silence is a spiritual practice that prepares us to receive mothering as a spiritual practice. It is a practice I need help practicing.

—Lauren Burdette
This Life That Is Ours: Motherhood As Spiritual Practice

From page 23 of This Life That Is Ours: Motherhood As Spiritual Practice by Lauren Burdette. Copyright © 2019 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 busyness and noise keep you from experiencing silence?  Share your thoughts.

Today’s Scripture

For God alone my soul waits in silence, for my hope is from him.
—Psalm 62:5, NRSV

Prayer for the Week

Here I am, Lord.

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  • Betsy Posted April 2, 2019 6:56 am

    It is my own racing thoughts that crowd out the silence that I need in order to align myself with God. Carving out a space to be stll in my morning devotion time is often hard. Some of the thoughts are good ones; thinking on those on my list to pray for and my family, but often the thoughts are of self doubt and tasks to complete each day. A breath prayer often will help me to “spin down” the emotions that crowd out the voice of God.

    Still getting back into the circle that is our UR group and catching up on prayers and concerns. I especially lift up our dear friend, Jill. Wrap her in your loving arms, Lord. Continue to support and care for her mom in the days to come.

    • Lou Posted April 2, 2019 4:50 pm

      Peace to you today Betsy- I’m sure you had a wonderful time with your family and hopefully the transition back to your routine will be smooth.

  • Julie Posted April 2, 2019 8:13 am

    Yes, my own thoughts and worries. The time to actually practice this valuable tool to closeness with God continues to elude me.
    Prayers dear Betsy, may you regain your sense of equilibrium at home since being away so long.
    Prayers for Robert and Erich, may travel be safe and lead to positive results for the move. May God lead you in this move.
    Prayers for Andrea, may her leg heal quickly.
    Prayers for Connie, may her new normal be better than though different than the old. May she embrace it either way.
    Prayers for Lou and her daughter, may they be safe as they travel. May God lead her daughter in her college decision.
    Prayers for Mary and her family, may all be filled with joy and healthy.
    Prayers for Marcy, may her health continue to improve. May her move be safe and easy. I pray she still has health insurance.
    Prayers for Rusty, may his health improve.
    Prayers for Jill and her family, may Gloria not be in pain and may all be strong and filled with peace.I am reading Tig Nataro’s book about when she had cancer. It is enlightening because it is from a cancer patients perspective, what she was thinking and what she needed from others.
    Prayers and blessings and warm hugs dear UR family and thank you for your prayers and kind words

    • Lou Posted April 2, 2019 4:52 pm

      Prayers of comfort and peace for you amidst the tumult of life Julie-

  • Mary Ng Shwu Ling Posted April 2, 2019 8:24 am

    Thanks Julie!

    I have many opportunities to be silence when I visit my mom in the hospital or when I just sit there quietly praying for her when she was sleeping.

    May all be in good health and
    may we all experience the joy of silence!

    • Lou Posted April 2, 2019 4:53 pm

      You are a blessing to your family and to the UR family – peace to you today Mary

      • Mary Ng Shwu Ling Posted April 2, 2019 10:40 pm

        Thanks so much Lou!

        So are you, a blessing to you family.


        • Mary Ng Shwu Ling Posted April 2, 2019 10:58 pm

          And also a blessing to each of us here at the UR family!

          May God bless you and your family abundantly, Lou!

  • robert moeller Posted April 2, 2019 9:39 am

    I can find QUIET TIME, it is not hard to do. I make a commitment. There are a lot of activities going on that keep me busy.

    Off tomorrow to see the place we hope will work out for us and give us a new start and many opportunities for a better future for my son.

    Prayers Betsy readjusts to being home, Marcy has a good move, health insurance, the help she needs, and is on the mend. May all go well with Mary’s Mum in the hospital. Warmer weather should help Julie’s hands and foot. Prayers for a better life, and a job for Megan. God’s peace and comfort to Gloria. May God’s strength support Larry, Becky, and Jill as they care for Gloria. God’s blessing to all who come to the UR. Thank You, Lord

    • Mary Ng Shwu Ling Posted April 2, 2019 9:43 am

      Thanks Robert!

      My mum was discharged from the hospital on Saturday.

      May you and Erich find a suitable house with good neighbours soon!


    • Lou Posted April 2, 2019 4:49 pm

      Hope you are able to find a nice new home for you and your son- peace and blessings

  • Jill Posted April 2, 2019 11:20 am

    I yearn for quiet time, a stilled mind, an abiding peace – where my thoughts aren’t here and gone. I have been able to have some better time in the morning, but so hard to pause my mind and have focus.
    Mom is deteriorating. No longer eating, completely bed-ridden. The new normal for today is she can no longer grasp a pill to take it, we must place it on her tongue, and she is not always recognizing the three of us when we awaken her to change her or give her meds. Dad came out of their room this morning just weeping like a baby. Oh Lord, give us all strength.
    Grateful for a friend from church who came and sat with me this morning and prayed with me.
    Another of mom’s friends passed and her funeral is tomorrow. Dad was planning on going, but with things continuing to go downhill here, he is uncertain if he is going to join me at the funeral. Also, nurses’ visits are increasing and he wants to be here tomorrow when the nurse is here.
    Grateful for wonderful hospice nurses who are patient, listen well and are blessed with the ability to do such a trying job.

    • Lou Posted April 2, 2019 4:47 pm

      Prayers for peace and comfort Jill-

    • Jim Ligon Posted April 2, 2019 11:02 pm

      Prayers for you and your family. What a wonderful example you are of how to honor your mother and father with your presence, your prayers, your gifts, your service, and your witness.

    • Mary Ng Shwu Ling Posted April 2, 2019 11:09 pm

      Jill, keeping you and your family in prayer.

      May God be your source of strength and may He surround you and your family with His comforting love!


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