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

From page 41 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 scars and wounds do you bear, and what do they tell others about who you are?  Share your thoughts.

Today’s Scripture

Then he 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

Breathe on me, Breath of God.

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  • Lou Posted April 1, 2019 5:58 am

    I still have a hard time even saying that I am divorced- to me that is a huge scar. A scar I never thought I would wear- my family and my relationship were the most important to me- maybe God’s will was for me to see that the relationship with HIM is the most important. I’m still trying to make sense of something that will never make sense to me- when what I really need to do is let go and let God- I am working on that.
    Thankful for a weekend spent touring the last school and prayers for safe travels home this morning. Prayers for my daughter to make the best decision for her next steps in life.
    Prayers for Jill and family and for all of those here at the UR-
    Breathe on us Lord-

    • Mary Ng Shwu Ling Posted April 1, 2019 6:04 am

      Lou, praying that God will heal your scar and may you let go and move on. May God lead and guide your daughter on her choice for her next step in life


    • Phyllis Posted April 1, 2019 9:44 am

      This too shall pass…..

  • Julie Posted April 1, 2019 8:19 am

    I have so many scars, abusive childhood (mother) and an alcoholic father. My chronic illness leaves physical and emotional scars. My first divorce and my current “marriage.” I remember looking at my daughter’s skin when she was born and thinking how pristine it was and wondering about her future injuries and scars. I never discuss any of this with anyone, in fact on Saturday a friend noted that we only talk about her and her family and never me.
    Prayers for Lou and her daughter, may they arrive home safely. May God heal Lou’s heart and guide her daughter.
    Prayers for Mary, may her mum continue to improve. and may Mary have a wonderul and joy filled week.
    Prayers for Marcy, may she still have insurance today.
    Prayers for Robert, may his rash be healing, may he be safe as he travels, may the sewer issue be resolved and may God guide him during his search.
    Prayers for Andrea, may her leg heal and may her relationship with Lowell continue to heal.
    Prayers for Betsy, may she not miss Harrison too much.
    Prayers for Connie, may the spring bring renewed spirits.
    Prayers for Rusty, may his health improve.
    Prayers for Jill and her family, may they be filles with God’s strength and peace.
    Prayers and blessings and warm hugs dear UR family

    • Mary Ng Shwu Ling Posted April 1, 2019 8:58 am

      Praying for your scars to be healed in the name of Jesus Christ, Julie!


  • robert moeller Posted April 1, 2019 3:02 pm

    My wounds tell me that I don’t have good borders.

    Thankful the septic-sewer problem has been resolved, at least for the moment, will be off Wednesday to see the condo that seems to be our best option at the moment. Two houses that were outside possibilities have been sold. We’re anxious to move, possibilities for progress with jobs here are slim.
    Many options await.

    Scars hurt, but Jesus helps us move on. I wouldn’t be where I am otherwise. I think that is true for everyone who believes.

    Prayers for Gloria, her husband and daughters, Marcy and her helper, Mary; Julie and Megan, and Mary, her Mum and Dad. Thankful for the blessings each person has received. Thank You, Lord.

    • Mary Ng Shwu Ling Posted April 1, 2019 11:39 pm

      Thank you Robert for your prayers!

      It is wise to move on despite the scars. May God bless you and Erich and may both of you be healed in the name of Jesus Christ!

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