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

THE MOST PROFOUND way we come to experience an assurance of ultimate safety is to know our beloved-ness in God’s heart. This is a knowledge we can only receive as a gift; it becomes ours as we allow ourselves to possess it. But the message is there for us in Scripture if we have ears to hear. One of Henri Nouwen’s greatest legacies to the church universal was to highlight this core spiritual truth: we are God’s beloved children, sons and daughters of the Most High, forever embraced by a love that will not let us go. We are, both in and beyond this world, held secure in hands of utmost compassion and mercy.

—Marjorie Thompson
“Communion and Forgiveness”
Conflict and Communion: Reconciliation and Restorative Justice at Christ’s Table

From page 50 of Conflict and Communion: Reconciliation and Restorative Justice at Christ’s Table edited by Thomas Porter. Copyright © 2006 by Discipleship Resources, an imprint of Upper Room Books. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. Learn more about or purchase this book.

Today’s Question

What does it mean to you to know you are beloved?  Share your thoughts.

Today’s Scripture

As God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience.
—Colossians 3:12, NRSV

Prayer for the Week

God of forgiveness, help me forgive. Submit your prayer to The Upper Room Living Prayer Center or share it in the comment section.

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  • Marti Williams Posted April 8, 2019 9:42 am

    The comment section of Daily Reflections was temporarily down this morning. It should be working now. Thank you Julie for the heads up about the problem early this morning.
    —Marti Williams-Martin

    • Tina Posted April 8, 2019 1:31 pm

      Thank you!

  • Julie Posted April 8, 2019 2:28 pm

    Thank you so much Marti

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