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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

Belonging is instinctual for humanity, instilled at the beginning of time when God declared that it is not good for humans to be alone. We naturally find our places of belonging with people who become family in one way or another. As we find those welcoming places, we learn to settle into our own souls and come home to self, to God, and to living in community.

—Marsha Crockett, Sacred Conversation: Exploring the Seven Gifts of Spiritual Direction (Upper Room Books, 2021)

Today’s Question

Where have you felt a sense of belonging? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

Welcome one another, therefore, just as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God.
—Romans 15:7 (NRSV)

Prayer for the Week

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
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4 Comments

  • robert moeller Posted March 13, 2022 8:45 am

    Off the top of my head, family, church, and NEM are where I feel belonging. It’s not exactly the same in each place, but they compliment each other.. Acceptance is precious. Have finally read through this week’s posts, it takes a conscientious effort on my part, the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak.
    Thank you Julie for your offer of help with PA, not sure how to connect, but gladly will share my email as well. Thankful Larry is successfully moved, at least I think so, some posts make me wonder if he is OH or FL. Lots of prayers of thanks that Ally and her sister can retrieve family treasures. Prayers for Roger who seems to have very roller coaster days. Tough to see a pet with health issues.
    Yes, prayers for Ukraine. I understand the WWIII risk NATO and the US are trying to avoid, but giving Putin control over Ukraine by not stepping up seems a worse option. Glad we are doing what we have, but more is definitely needed. Zoom worship soon. Blessings of the day to all of you.

  • robert moeller Posted March 13, 2022 10:21 am

    No idea how to share contact information, Julie. We can easily share our thoughts and prayers.
    Liked the message from our guest pastor on how to deal with problems: pray, persist, and have faith.
    Thank You, Lord for all You do for us.

  • Jill Posted March 13, 2022 1:23 pm

    I felt a strong sense of belonging in my first small group at my current church. They listened well, reached out consistently and openly shared their stories with me, while receiving mine without judgment. So grateful for this, as I quickly realized I had found my home, my people.
    Sorry to be unclear, Robert – dad is fully moved into my sister’s house here in Ohio. He is on the list for a place in Florida, but nothing has happened with that yet.
    Roger’s numbers have been encouraging thus far today. His first reading was the lowest first reading he has ever had. The next one is the most important one, as it should be the lowest of all seven readings. No birds today, so he has spent most of the day in the recliner. Dad is currently asleep in the chair by the heater (displaced by Roger, dad usually sits in the recliner) and I am grading papers. Lunch was grilled swordfish and dad has a doggy bag to take home for another meal.
    Looking forward to temps rising this week – haven’t been out to run on these bitterly cold mornings – especially in March. This week is the last week of the grading period at school…75% of the school year is over with.

  • Ally Posted March 13, 2022 2:16 pm

    To address yesterday’s question: regarding meditation: when I have my quiet time, I sit for a few minutes so I can clear my mind. Breathe in, breathe out. Then I think about the scripture for the day and what God wants to teach me. I feel a strong sense of belonging in our church, among my friends who really get me and among the majority of my family members. I feel a strong sense of belonging among you, my NEM Family. Thank you for the love and support you have given me. You were a lifeline when David was on a vent and I was in quarantine. I thank God for you. Prayers for all of the things on our hearts. May God lead our nation’s leaders and NATO to a way through for Ukraine. It weighs heavy on my heart. Love to all.

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