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 way of silence that has influenced me is the way that involves choosing a prayer word, a short word of significance to you that expresses or symbolizes your desire to be with God. The word I use is Jesus. . . . Don’t get hung up on choosing the right word. There isn’t a right word. Pick one and stick with it.

And then, sitting comfortably in the silence, slowly repeat the word to yourself, half of the word on the in-breath, half on the outbreath. Give this word your attention as best you can. Without trying too hard, simply pay attention to the word as you say it silently in your mind.

—L. Roger Owens, What We Need Is Here: Practicing the Heart of Christian Spirituality (Upper Room Books, 2015)

Today’s Question

How often does silence help you meet God? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

“Be still, and know that I am God!
I am exalted among the nations;
I am exalted in the earth.”
—Psalm 46:10 (NRSVUE)

Prayer for the Week

Day by day, dear Lord,
of thee three things I pray;
to see thee more clearly,
to love thee more dearly,
to follow thee more nearly,
day by day.
—prayer attributed to Richard of Chichester, England, 13th century
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Lectionary Readings

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  • Jill Posted February 23, 2024 11:42 am

    Silence is practically a necessity…silence and stillness.
    April and Andrea – may God continue with you and your loved ones on this path. There are three people with the same diagnosis in my cancer support group. Such valiant fighters, both the afflicted and the caregivers. Sometimes, much more so the caregivers. May God strengthen you each day, each moment. My prayers will be much more specific. Thank you for sharing.
    Last night I had dinner with my friend…the one whom I thought our friendship was in very dire straights. We had a very hard conversation on the phone Monday. Last night, much was aired…this time with less negative energy and more open minds and hearts. We agreed that we both wanted our friendship of 20 years to continue and we are going to work to narrow the gap that has crept in the past year or so. I thank you for your prayers for wisdom. I feel good about this and will continue to seek His face.
    I am taking my cats to the vet after school for shots and check ups. Initially my god son did not have a game scheduled for tonight, that is why I made the appointments. Then a game got rescheduled. I am not sure I will be able to make it, but am hoping to. It is his last regular season game. I doubt it will be that competitive, but still would like to be there.
    A quiet weekend – grateful for this. The week has been hectic – with activities and emotions.

  • April Posted February 23, 2024 6:34 pm

    Thank you for your post, Jill. I read it in silence and stillness and felt strengthened.
    MM is the second most common blood cancer, after leukemias, yet not many people know about it. It does seem that there are more people being diagnosed with MM and they are making rapid gains in the treatment of it. I pray for researchers and health care professionals as they work to find a cure.
    I took a walk today in the sonshine….yes, it was like walking with Jesus as I felt the rays warming me. My husband is tired today, so the house is quiet and he is resting. Should I be worried? Is this okay? I have a great team that I can consult anytime, but I will wait to see if rest will heal like it usually does.
    I meant to respond to the question about Psalms the other day with songs instead of Psalms. A friend gave me a devotional book this year with a song for every day. I love to read the intro to the persons that wrote the words and the music before singing it in my mind if I know the tune. I know these songs have sustained me as much as the Psalms and I love it when one pops into my head at the right time as a God wink.
    Praying the weekend will be a time of rest and renewal, even for a few minutes at a time.

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