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 PSALMIST emphasizes that we need to be still to know God. Perhaps this is why our souls yearn for stillness. In their restlessness they long for that silent communion with God for which they are created. Aware of this, Desmond Tutu writes, “Each one of us wants and needs to give ourselves space for quiet.” It is in stillness we come to know what our hearts long for: the Divine Presence alive in us. In this way, we can see the importance of fostering a life of outer and inner stillness.

—Trevor Hudson
Pauses for Lent: 40 Words for 40 Days

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Today’s Question

Have you scheduled time to be still today? Share your thoughts.

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, NRSV

Prayer for the Week

Create in me a clean heart, O God.

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  • Mary Ng Shwu Ling Posted February 20, 2019 5:26 am

    Yes, every morning. I enjoy this peaceful time with God very much.


  • Betsy Posted February 20, 2019 6:57 am

    I agree with Mary. My quiet time is in the Morning, when I can reflect on my day, lift prayers up, and read scripture. Right now, I’m reading through the Gospels, leading up to Lent. Jesus’s words wash over me anew.

    Grateful for a little sunshine today and Bible Study with some wonderful ladies. Thank you, Lord, for the freedom and mind to study, question and know your Word.

  • Edy Posted February 20, 2019 8:21 am

    Yes, I schedule quiet time every day. Most times in the late afternoon or early evening I meditate with Dana Trents book “One Breath At A Time”. It’s a great book to learn to be still. I’m on my 22nd day. It’s not easy but just takes doing it. I also am reading Kay Warrens book “ Joy”. And a devotional book “My Utmost for His Highest”. I enjoy all this time with God and ask Him to be with me every day. Please continue to pray for health issues for my son and that he is able to schedule surgery soon to remove a tumor behind his eye, he has severe headaches and double vision but continues to work. Please continue to pray for Bill. Thank you my prayer warriors UR!

    • Julie Posted February 20, 2019 8:28 am

      Prayers for Edy and her son, Bill. May he soon have surgery and may God work through the medical team to completely heal Bill of his tumor.

      • Connie Posted February 20, 2019 8:30 am

        Praying for Bill as I type. Double vision is terrible.

    • Mary Ng Shwu Ling Posted February 20, 2019 8:58 am

      May God bless Bill with a good medical team to operate on him.


    • Betsy Posted February 20, 2019 11:18 am

      Praying for Edy and her son, Bill. Bless those doctors who will work to help repair his sight.

  • Julie Posted February 20, 2019 8:24 am

    Sigh. I have vowed over and over to add quiet time to my time with God, but still have not. Perhaps I fear what will happen, will He come to me? Or am I not worthy?
    Prayers for Mary and her family, may she continue to be joy filled.
    Prayers for Betsy and her prayer group and sunshine in her world.
    Prayers for Robert, may his health continue to be great. Prayers for Erich and his job and Anneliese and her health, may it improve.
    Prayers for Connie, may she also have sunshine today that shines into her soul. We have a lot of snow that will turn to freezing rain and ice.
    Prayers for Andrea and Lowell and their family, may all be well.
    Prayers for Lou and her family, may her daughter hear good news from her number one college choice.
    Prayers for Rusty and his family, may he continue to be strong in his faith.
    Prayers for Jill and her family. May Gloria be free of pain, physically and emotionally. May Jill impart her quiet stength and peace to all her family as they walk through this valley.
    Prayers for Marcy, may she be well and receiving all the support, medically and physically, that she needs.
    Prayers and blessings and warm hugs dear UR family. Stay safe if you also have this nasty weather. Yesterday was Megan’s birthday. I am so blessed by God to have such an amazing, loving, and wonderful daughter.

    • Connie Posted February 20, 2019 8:33 am

      Belated Birthday Blessings to Megan. Such a joy for you.

    • Mary Ng Shwu Ling Posted February 20, 2019 8:56 am

      Thank you Julie for your prayers and thank God for Megan!


  • Connie Posted February 20, 2019 8:46 am

    I get up very early and enjoy the quiet time. My mind is clearer in the early morning hours.
    Thankful for:
    The snowfall is light.
    Some ice removal yesterday.
    May be able to get out safely soon.
    “Sunshine in my Soul”

  • robert moeller Posted February 20, 2019 3:24 pm

    Thankful for the blessings of this day. Erich has a second paycheck, the replacement keyboard and toys for Pearl arrived, a paper I need from the bank is on its way, and I’ve finished the proofread for the next issue of the Ambassador, the journal of the Central Vermont Railway Historical Society.
    Hope to be back on my computer at the time when I enjoy Quiet Time.
    Happy birthday to Megan!
    Have read My Utmost for His Highest. A great book!
    Prayers for the UMC and its conference on homosexuality, the family of Joan Duffy, the Davis family, Marcy, Gloria, Anneliese, Edy and Bill, and Julie. Prayers for God’s wisdom in Washington DC, the capitols of the states, and the governments of the world. May you all be safe, warm, dry, and fed. Thank You, Lord.

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