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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

 

Today’s Reflection

GOD’S HEART OF ENDLESS mercy shines like light within and around us, draws our pain and darkness to the healing source, and flows like a river of life into our body, our daily life, and to those around us. Some of us experience this mercy at first only as a slight trickle, a thin thread of change. Others of us already feel a vast abundant river of mercy.

—Flora Slosson Wuellner, Forgiveness the Passionate Journey: Nine Steps of Forgiving through Jesus’ Beatitudes (Upper Room Books, 2001)

Today’s Question

What enables you to notice God’s river of mercy in your life? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

The LORD is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.
—Psalm 145:8 (NRSV)

Prayer for the Week

Holy One, give me guidance to listen, clarity to address my pain, and strength to forgive.
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Lectionary Readings

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5 Comments

  • Jill Posted January 23, 2020 5:24 am

    Time of quiet with Him, in His Word – remembering His faithfulness in the past and being able to claim His promises in my circumstances. For myself – sometimes it is a mere trickle and other times it is a consuming flow. Grateful for what He provides.
    Influenza A is running rampant through my god daughter’s basketball team. She and the coach were the first, both missing last night’s game. Others went to urgent care following the game to be tested – two more were positive. The good (for me) which came out of her being stricken is I was able to attend my small group last night. Good to be back with women, committed to openness, good listening and sharing from deep within.
    Blue skies and sunshine are such an encouragement – have had times of both these past few days. I notice the simple task of putting on sunglasses for the trip home from school.

  • Joyce Kaiser Posted January 23, 2020 6:26 am

    I mainly work on “keeping it simple” daily with God on my shoulder.

  • Julie Posted January 23, 2020 8:20 am

    This wonderful group of people has opened my heart to God’s mercy and kindness and forgiveness. Also, I am better able to recognize His blessings and care since joining this group. I acknowledge these with thanksgiving and praise every day.
    One recent answered prayer was for my mother who had applied to live in a senior apartment complex. She was told she would be on a waitiing list. She currently lives in a second floor of a duplex with external steps that are falling apart and very dangerous. She received a call on Tuesday that one of the apartments is available due to another applicant being found ineligible. I rejoiced and thanked God for this answered prayer.
    Prayers for Jill and her god daughter and her team, may all recover swiftly and with minimal discomfort.
    Prayers for Joyce and her sage words.
    Prayers for Robert as he continues with his dental surgeries and his railroad hobby.
    Prayers for Rick as he continues to adjust to his new medication and his new semester course load.
    Prayers for Andrea and her family, may all be reconciled with one another.
    Prayers for Lou, may she be reconciled with her new life circumstances.
    Prayers for April and her family. Prayers for BJ and her mom. Prayers for Connie and her physical and emotional pain. Prayers for Mary, may she be safe in Indonesia. Prayers for Marcy, may she be well.
    Prayers and thank you UR (readers, posters, and administers)

  • robert moeller Posted January 23, 2020 6:48 pm

    Was up a lot last night, then had some early morning errands, came home and went back to sleep, then off for a walk and a haircut. That took longer than expected. Had a good supper and now am finally here.

    Yes prayers for Jill’s god daughter’s basketball team. The flu is serious. Thankful Jill could attend the small group.

    Wonderful news for Julie’s Mom, prayers the move goes smoothly. Prayers for Julie and Megan and their several concerns. Thankful for Julie’s prayers.

    Wednesday was a good, but tough good, day. Emotionally tough, physically good. Hopefully the items arriving will help Erich get his business underway and my Bismarck steam locomotive closer to finished.

    Safe travel for Mary in Indonesia, Healing and well being for Marcy.
    Reconciliation for Lou, her new situation; Andrea an her family.
    Good health to Rick and Connie.
    God’s peace to April, BJ, her Mom and all.

    Discussion Sunday about the UMC: who we are and where we are going.
    Thank You, Lord, for the blessings of the day.

  • Rick Posted January 23, 2020 7:25 pm

    I like my quiet time in meditation and in the word. There is also the elements of worshiping together worth others that makes my heart sing.
    Jill, Prayers for your God Daughter and her team may they all be well and heal quickly. I’m glad you had time with your Women’s group. Blessings to you Joyce may all be well. Julie, great news for you mom and a smooth move and transition into senior living. I pray you are well too. Robert, praying for a restful sleep for you tonight. I hope all the supplies arrive for Erich .
    I’m happy to report my BP has returned to normal and feeling grateful . I’m looking forward to the semester ahead.

    Rick

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