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’M LEARNING THE IMPORTANCE OF REST. If I’m always on the go, I’m exhausted. I need some quiet time. My physical health depends upon it. My emotional health depends on slowing down. To deal with the stress of life, I need a time of calm. My spiritual life depends on it. I can’t make it on my own but depend on my faithful Savior, Jesus Christ.

– J. David Muyskens
Sacred Breath

From page 16 of Sacred Breath: Forty Days of Centering Prayer. Copyright © 2010 by J. David Muyskens. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.

Today’s Question

Is rest a part of your spiritual practice? Share your thoughts.

Today’s Scripture

Let your face shine upon your servant; save me in your steadfast love.

Psalm 31:16, NRSV

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This week we remember: Joseph (March 19).

Lectionary Readings

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  • Jill Posted March 21, 2018 3:32 am

    Rest, both physical and mental, is essential to my well being. Right now, I am lacking both and it is evident in pretty much every aspect of my life. While it was good in some respects – to get away this past weekend, my physical rest suffered greatly. I have labored through the past two days of school, making silly mental mistakes in class. I thought I would be able to make up some ground last evening, but had trouble falling asleep. Today is very full…school, getting my car worked on after school, taking dinner to my parents and then small group this evening. Trusting God to sustain me…physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually.

  • robert moeller Posted March 21, 2018 7:20 am

    Yes, rest is essential, now and then naps are part of my day. Some are voluntary and some just happen. I can go a day or two with less sleep, but then it catches up to me and it takes a while for me to recover.

    Prayers for you, Jill, you have a busy and long day. Hope your parents are recovering, each has a different health issue. Having a meal brought is a great blessing.

    Prayers for Marcy and Julie. Thankful for their posts even as they have tough days. No new word from Anneliese, I am hopeful that she may have had the ablation that was coming earlier and that this has made a great difference.

    Progress with a project for my son, worked together and have the parts cut, next to assemble them and produce a cover for the audio equipment.

    Thankful that my taxes are done and will be paid. An unexpected surprise a model of BIRCH, a car that appeared on the Canadian National – Central Vermont – Boston & Maine Ambassador passenger train is on its way to me
    Was able to fix a track problem that was derailing passenger cars Had a good work out at the gym, my first time there in almost a month.

    Keeping an eye on the nor’easter. At the moment the forecast does not have it coming this far north.

    A Lenten lunch tomorrow. Prayers for all of the UR family as we near Palm Sunday. Thank You, Lord, for all the blessings You give us each day.

  • Julie Posted March 21, 2018 8:00 am

    I need rest and I never seem to get enough. I think the stress of getting through each day exhausts me.
    Prayers for Jill and her parents.
    Prayers for Robert, Erich, and Annaliese. I pray you have succesfully resolved your bank issues. I am thankful that you and Erich are working together on a project. What wonderful memories.
    Prayers and blessings for and heartfelt thanks to all of the UR family and their concerns shaed or not
    Hope is the sun. When its behind the clouds its not gone. You just have to find it.
    Matthew (Character from book “Wonder”)

    • robert moeller Posted March 22, 2018 4:11 am

      Thank you Julie! My bank problem is resolved, the protective cover for audio equipment is built and in place, my son made a nice pork roast dinner with kale, and a baked yam. Cherry-apple pie for dessert. Thankful for these blessings.

      Prayers for your hands and foot. I learned yesterday that my counselor’s wife has Reynaud’s so I know more about your hands.

      Very helpful and interesting quotes that you post for us. Thank you!

      • Mary Ng Shwu Ling Posted March 23, 2018 5:42 am

        Praise God Robert that your bank problem is resolved and you are experiencing so many blessings, the protective cover for audio equipment is built and in place, Erich made a nice pork roast dinner with kale, and a baked yam. Cherry-apple pie for dessert.

        Thank God for all these blessings!

  • Connie Posted March 21, 2018 8:21 am

    Yes, rest is very important and there never seems to be enough. The time change certainly doesn’t help. Hope Jill gets some restful sleep in order to complete her tasks. When I was working I used to pray that my few hours of sleep would seem like eight and my Gracious God answered me.
    Let’s all link “virtual” arms as we journey to the cross and beyond.

    • robert moeller Posted March 22, 2018 4:19 am

      Grateful Connie that you are getting the rest, sleep you need. Yes, the Lord can supply our needs. Prayers for you and Robin. Palm Sunday, Holy Week, and glorious Easter will be here soon.

  • Mark bryant Posted March 21, 2018 3:59 pm

    I had been praying to find my brother eight I prayed for our reconciliation well I found art, he passed over a month ago.he had such hard evil feelings about lie and everyone in it . I asked the people He was living with about his salvation, they assured me he had found the lord Jesus, I closed my eyes dropped to my knees and prayed and just thank you lord.

    • Marcy Posted March 21, 2018 11:30 pm

      I am sorry, Mark, about your brother and will pray for you. But thanks be to God, he was reconciled to our Father in heaven! Art is Home in heaven with Jesus Christ! Lord, we pray for Your Love and comfort to surround Mark. Amen.

    • robert moeller Posted March 22, 2018 4:15 am

      Mark, so thankful you found your brother and know that he found the the Lord. Prayers for you as you mourn his passing. The Lord is with you and will keep you.

      Thankful for your post, welcome to the Upper Room. Hope to read more fro you.

  • Mary Ng Shwu Ling Posted March 22, 2018 5:36 am

    Yes, rest is important and necessary.

    Grateful for good colleagues at work.

    Blessings to all

    • Mary Ng Shwu Ling Posted March 22, 2018 5:42 am

      Thank you God for time to rest.

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