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 PART OF US that wants to be at the center, to be in control, to have life work out “our way,” constantly tries to get back on the throne of our lives. We can surrender our whole lives to God first thing in the morning. But an hour later we can find ourselves sick with worry about some aspect of our work or about our finances or about the future of our country. We can entrust our loved ones to God and pray that they will become all that God wants them to be. But within minutes we may find ourselves telling them how they should be running their lives. As we catch ourselves doing this, all we can do is to return gently to Christ, express again our willingness to let go and to let God, and ask God to continue to guide us as the day goes along.

—Trevor Hudson
Hope Beyond Your Tears: Experiencing Christ’s Healing Love

From page 77-78 of Hope Beyond Your Tears: Experiencing Christ’s Healing Love by Trevor Hudson. Copyright © 2012 by The Upper Room. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. Learn more about or purchase this book.

Today’s Question

How are you needing to “let go and let God” at the moment?  Share your thoughts.

Today’s Scripture

Then Jesus, crying with a loud voice, said, “Father, into your hands I commend my spirit.” Having said this, he breathed his last.
—Luke 23:46, NRSV

Prayer for the Week

Lord, fill my life with resurrection hope.

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  • Jill Posted May 5, 2019 5:44 am

    Yes, this routine is familiar to me…returning again and again to the altar and laying something down. Progress in some areas, much work to be done in other areas.
    Where I need to let go and let God – is trusting Him and His timing as dad adjusts to his new normal. I just want to take away my dad’s pain – but that is not my responsibility. I must continue to be present, listening, comforting. My prayer continues to be – Father – show me how to honor You and honor my dad at this current position on our path.
    Our date night last night was good – tried a new restaurant about midway between my place and his. I asked him how he was doing – and yesterday had been difficult. He started going through mom’s desk – and found many letters and cards he had written her. Had we not been in a public place – tears would have been present from both of us. But – we maintained our composure for the most part. We stopped for ice cream on the way back to his place.
    I am grateful for this time and that he is willing to speak about his hurt with me. We talked about getting flowers this week, to plant around their condo. I told him I would help him with this. I also received a gift card to a local nursery from my school staff – we are going to get either a hydrangea or a dogwood tree to plant by their back patio. If the weather permits, we are going to golf next Sunday after church, in lieu of Mother’s Day.
    This morning is a meeting of the cancer support group that I have been attending for a year now. It is a much bigger group than last week’s – and I am anticipating it will be pretty emotional. Will attend the church service prior to the meeting.
    Sabbath blessings to the family here.

  • Louise Posted May 5, 2019 6:26 am

    Trying everyday to believe that if I truly surrender myself to God that He will take care of everything. It is very hard! Worry always seeps in and tries to take control. I pray Father Dolindo Ruotolo’s novena to help me with this.

  • Mary Ng Shwu Ling Posted May 5, 2019 6:57 am

    Yes, all to Jesus, I surrender.

    Today, I went to Foochow Methodist church, 4:30pm service and I will serving in the choir.

    There is much joy when I surrender all to Jesus.


    • Mary Ng Shwu Ling Posted May 5, 2019 7:00 am

      I will be serving in the choir.

      Prayers for all who are sick and may God help us to surrender all to Him!

  • Julie Posted May 5, 2019 8:21 am

    Oh, Lord, that I may entrust my future unto Your all powerful and compassionate hands. I am so untrusting. I cry out for You to give me a trusting heart. I try and fail again and again and yet I will continue my quest.
    I also need to let go of Megan’s lack of a job as well. I have made several suggestions and she always seems excited but has no follow through.
    I am worried about today. I am alone with h and my car is with Megan’s dad being repaired.
    Prayers for Jill and her father as they find their new normal.
    Prayers for Mary and may she enjoy the choir singing.
    Prayers for Louise as she too struggles to let go of her worries.
    Prayers for Robert and good news about the move.
    Prayers for Edy and Bill and the medical team.
    Prayers for Marcy, Betsy, Connie, Lou, Andrea and Rusty.
    Prayers and blessings and warm hugs dear UR family and thank you for your prayers

    • Mary Ng Shwu Ling Posted May 5, 2019 9:37 am

      Thanks Julie for all your prayers!

      Dear God, may you bless and protect Julie from all harm and danger!

      Thank you God for hearing our prayers.

      In Jesus name we pray amen!

  • Connie Posted May 5, 2019 9:06 am

    Yes Mary, “all to Jesus I surrender’ also. “All to Thee, my blessed Savior”
    The UR Devotional told of Jesus healing eyesight……May Bill say “I want to see” and return to normal vision. This I pray.
    Thankful for:
    A call from my son-in-law. We miss our girl.
    A Sunshiny Day
    “Strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow”
    My friends here who keep me inspired. Jill, Robert, Louise, Julie, Mary today and Julie’s faithful list of fellow followers. Keep Julie safe, Lord.
    “I love Thee oh Lord my strength. Thou art my rock and my fortress and my deliverer”

  • robert moeller Posted May 5, 2019 12:44 pm

    Have done what I can on the condo purchase, have to “let go” and “let God”.

    I think the same is true with the UMC and the sexuality issues currently being decided. Will hear the bishop speak this coming Saturday.

    I want what God wants, that will always be best.

    Thankful for communion today. Was able to take a picture of the congregation at the end of the service and we said “Safe trip” to Edna, a person laving for Colorado this Saturday.

    Blessings to all on Communion Sunday.

    l for two days of walks, today is my day off.


    I want what Gd

  • Marcy Posted May 5, 2019 2:08 pm

    Hello dear UR Reflections siblings and friends! I have been praying for you all, especially Jill and Mary, and their families, as they grieve. I’m sorry to be out of touch for so very long. The drs appts, fights with insurance, moving to a first floor apt with little notice and only a few days time, was next to impossible. I injured myself on the process, doing way beyond my capabilities. And have been hospitalized since Wednesday, May 1st. I am thankful for God’s constant strength and comfort and am truly grateful for the prayers of this wonderful Reflections siblings and friends. There are so many of you who are deep in my prayers: Julie, Jill, Mary, Andrea, Robert, Lou, Betsy, Connie, Louise, Amy, Francesca, Rusty and K, Edy and Bill, Chloe and Paige, and more recent posters. Sending my deepest prayers and Love to you all. Praising God for and with you all!

    And these three remain: Faith, Hope, and Love, and the greatest of these is LOVE!

  • Jay Posted May 5, 2019 8:56 pm

    Dear God I lift up anyone going through anxiety at this time. Help us to surrender all our concerns into your hands and wait on your time-the perfect time. In our anxious moments, remind us dear Lord that if we wait upon you our strength will be renewed. Remind us that you are God and that you keep your promises. May we cast all our anxieties upon you because you care for us and may we learn to depend on you our faithful God. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen

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