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

Although the Bible often offers us inspiration and comfort, it also gives us a glimpse into the loneliness and suffering of others. The Bible contains many examples of great figures of faith expressing their feelings of dissatisfaction with pain and suffering and confessing how they feel alone in despair. But none of these examples is more powerful than Jesus’ words on the cross.

—John R. Wimmer, Blessed Endurance: Moving Beyond Despair to Hope (Upper Room Books, 2018)

Today’s Question

How does it feel knowing that Jesus also experienced loneliness and despair? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

He was wounded for our transgressions,
crushed for our iniquities;
upon him was the punishment that made us whole,
and by his bruises we are healed.
—Isaiah 53:5 (NRSV)

Prayer for the Week

Healing God, when we feel alone, hurt, or misunderstood, assure us of your presence and companionship as you guide us toward a more abundant life. Amen. Submit your prayer to The Upper Room.

Something More

“Hymns embed faith into the marrow of the soul,” Rev. Dr. James C. Howell writes in Unrevealed Until Its Season: A Lenten Journey with Hymns. Howell believes in the power of song to teach spiritual truths. His newest book takes us on a 40-day journey through well-loved hymns. Learn more here.

Lectionary Readings

(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)

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  • robert moeller Posted January 28, 2022 2:39 am

    Jesus knew pain and agony most of us, thankfully, will never experience, AND Jesus rose from the dead, was seen by many on earth, was seen as He rose to heaven, and now sits at the right hand of God, the Father, to intercede for us. Messiah, Redeemer, Savior, Prince of Peace, King of Kings.
    Thank You, Lord.

  • Lou Posted January 28, 2022 5:31 am

    Praise be to God. amen

  • robert moeller Posted January 28, 2022 6:27 am

    Prayers for Ally’s tooth, finances, disability application, and Jeremy;Julie’s leg, possible gall bladder surgery, the situation at home,; Jill’s school, cold temperatures, Larry’s condo sale, and Roger. Thankful for Ally’s friends, Julie’s church, Jill’s friends, Bible study group, and the opportunities to see young people she knows play basketball. Thankful for your prayers for me, Erich, and worship preparation. Fellowship time via Zoom this morning, we’re watching the weather forecast of a possible big snow storm. Pray you are all safe. Thank You, Lord.

  • Julie Posted January 28, 2022 8:46 am

    I am iin awe of how he was able to withstand the torture he was put through.
    I had an appointment with my gastroenterologist yesterday. Mostly all he did was yell at me. I am extremely thin. I wanted to ask him how he thought he would look after a month of not eating. He wants an upper GI test done, but they are unable to find an appointment. I am thinking of going back to the hospital.
    Prayers for everyone.

  • Jill Posted January 28, 2022 11:27 am

    Jesus knows human discomfort, on the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual fronts. In the face of those things – He was honest, pleading to be spared. But – ultimately, He was obedient – surrendering perfectly to the Father’s will. Yes, we are hard pressed, seemingly on every side – but we are not overcome. We must keep our eyes Heavenward – knowing these “momentary” afflictions cannot compare to eternity with Him, in perpetual praise.
    Teachers have a bit of a bounce in our step, buoyed by our surprise cold day yesterday. Here today for a “one and done”, heading into the weekend.
    My god son’s game this evening and then to finally see my god daughter’s college game in person tomorrow. Not sure if she will play, but going to go in hopes she does. I have invited dad to tag along, as he needs something to do.
    Bitter cold here this weekend. Robert – many prayers for safety to those in the Northeast. It sounds potentially devastating. Do take great care.

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