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

When Jesus was resurrected from the dead, he bore the wounds of the crucifixion: holes in his hands and feet and a gaping wound in his side. Thomas put his fingers in that pain-filled place and knew it was his Teacher. Our wounds, our scars, and our marks hold a place in how we are known. They tell our story. They hold our history.

—Lauren Burdette, This Life That Is Ours: Motherhood as Spiritual Practice (Upper Room Books, 2019)

Today’s Question

What scars and wounds do you bear, and what do they tell others about who you are?
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Today’s Scripture

[Jesus] said to Thomas, “Put your finger here and see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it in my side. Do not doubt but believe.”
—John 20:27 (NRSV)

Prayer for the Week

May I be a river, free of attachments, flowing lavishly and abundantly through the day, moving with your currents, and bringing life and refreshment to my children. Amen.
Lauren Burdette, This Life That Is Ours
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  • Lou Posted May 2, 2022 3:50 am

    Scars show others that one experienced much but kept going – our scars can’t compare to our Savior’s scars.
    April – thank you for your wonderful post a few days ago. I enjoyed the resources you suggested which you said you used when you needed help to keep going. I particularly am enjoying the gratefulness.org- thank you for that.
    I had a wonderful weekend visiting my mother and my kids all made it – my daughter is still traveling to the west coast as I write this after a very short 36 hour visit with us. A lot of effort to make this weekend happen and always a lot of family drama – but we made my mom very happy and that was the goal. It’s hard to see her age so, but we keep going – all of us. I’m awake very early praying for my daughter to reach her home safely in these wee hours as now she is driving home 2 hours from LAX. I’m so very grateful for my children and for my mother. Family means so much.
    Continued prayers for all here- grateful for this space to come to and for the posters and their contributions.

  • robert moeller Posted May 2, 2022 6:26 am

    There are the visible and invisible scars of life. The invisible ones are the tough ones, you have to be willing to let people see them, nd it takes time to see them through friendships. Very thankful that I was able to read through many of the NEM posts before posting mine today. Great news! Ally has a job opportunity, David’s biopsy report is good, Becky and Larry are in FL and in the new villa, Lou had a great family reuniuon for her mother’s birthday., Roger is his old self, so thankful he’s doing well,Jill’s new tennis partner., April’s gardening .Prayers for Becky’s eye surgery, Jill’s students exam results, tough not having many for the review sessions.The principal of my last school had kids come after school for state test prep, illegally he told parents they had to come. They came and he got great results.
    New Bible study Adam Hamilton’s John, The Gospel of Light and Life., starts tomorrow. Keeping an eye on the Poconos market, hopefully some good news soon. My bruised hip is slowly getting better.
    Thankful for that. Eastertide blessings to all of you.

  • Julie Posted May 2, 2022 9:12 am

    I have many scars and I keep them to myself. This silence is a scar from my childhood. I have learned to share some here as I have been shown that this is a safe environment and I am thanful.
    I spent a good bit of time on Saturday helping h with his medication. At that time I was faced with just how much his cognitive abilities have declined. He was totally incapable of comprehending the most basic concepts. He comes to me constantly to ask about what medication from his pill case to take.
    Yesterday was another Sunday by myself. I had a nice time at church and Bible study. We discussed the fact that a new Methodist sect was created and was officially separate yesterday. The new sect is not inclusive and in fact denies homosexuals.
    Prayers for April’s comments and recommendations and continued caregiving. Prayers for Ally’s work oppotunities. Prayers for Jill’s students performance on testing. Prayers for Lou’s mom and daughter, for safety and many more years of time with family. Prayers for Robert’s hip injury to heal well and quickly.

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