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

GOD CREATED YOU as an amazing and complex human being. Science proves over and over that your body holds more wisdom than you can fathom. Your physical body also carries trauma and pain. No matter where you are on your healing journey, you are processing the traumas your body and spirit have experienced in the past. As a Christian, you look to Jesus as your model for living. Jesus not only experiences many mountaintop moments but also encounters great physical trauma and pain.

—Whitney R. Simpson
Holy Listening with Breath, Body, and the Spirit

From page 9 of Holy Listening with Breath, Body, and the Spirit by Whitney R. Simpson. Copyright © 2016 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 does Jesus’ physical trauma and pain say to you? Share your thoughts.

Today’s Scripture

Then the Lord God formed man from the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and the man became a living being.
—Genesis 2:7, NRSV

Prayer for the Week

Inhale: Jesus
Exhale: Give me peace.
(A “breath prayer” from author Whitney Simpson). Submit your prayer to The Upper Room Living Prayer Center or share it in the comment section.

Something more

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  • Joyce Jackson Posted June 19, 2019 5:38 am

    Jesus endured physical pain and trauma for my salvation. I give him glory and honor for saving my soul.

    • Lou Posted June 19, 2019 7:40 am


  • Connie Posted June 19, 2019 7:54 am

    If the Son of God can endure, so can I.
    Had a productive day yesterday and a “date lunch” of Cod at Culvers. Those days are precious and not to be taken for granted.
    Our lawn is full of clover. Up until last year it was looking good, but it’s hard to keep it up like we used to. Oh well, we try.
    Mary, I watched “Simply Ming” and they showed two tasty looking fish heads and I thought of how you took some to your dear Dad and he enjoyed them.
    “Every time I feel the Spirit moving in my heart I will pray” My Mantra.

    • Mary Ng Shwu Ling Posted June 19, 2019 8:37 am

      Thanks Connie!

      Yes, dad loves to eat curry fish head.

      I was invited by a friend to have lunch at a Chinese restaurant today and we enjoyed the fellowship.

      Thank God for friends!

  • Julie Posted June 19, 2019 7:59 am

    One reason Jesus came in human form was to experience our human frailty, human pain, and human temptation. His dying on the cross for me is physical pain beyond any I will experience. His seperation from the Father while on the cross is emotional anguish beyond any I will experience as well.
    Prayers for Jill’s upcoming doctor appointment, may she find pain relief from her doctor.
    Prayers for Robert and Erich as they move, may alll go well, may they be safe and dry, and I pray Robert does not suffer physical strian or injury.
    Prayers for Connie and may her health improve.
    Prayers for Marcy, may her health improve and Lord be with her and Mary as they travel to take care of car issues.
    Prayers for Mary and her family, please bless them and her for alll she does for so many.
    Prayers, blessing, warm hugs and thank you dear UR family

    • Mary Ng Shwu Ling Posted June 19, 2019 8:39 am

      Thanks Julie!

      May God bless you and your family abundantly too!

      Jesus came so he could understand us and also to save us Thank you Jesus!

  • robert moeller Posted May 18, 2022 6:06 am

    Made in God’s image we can and do experience both joy and pain. That Jesus endured the worst pain possible carrying the sins of the world, paying for them with His blood, and then resurrecting to life provides great assurance, blessed assurance, that belief in Him will bring us
    home to God as well. Thank you for posts from the past, wish their posts were still coming, they are missed. A showing today at 1 pm, very encouraging, but have to take it a step at a time. Don’t count your eggs before they hatch! Prayers for the future of CCUMC, the joys and concerns of NEM, the end of the war in Ukraine, help for Afghanistan, Yemen, and all in need. Thank You, Lord

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