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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

I like to start sessions with what I call a “gathering silence”—a time for the director and directee to take a breath, close their eyes for a minute, gather thoughts, and release stress. When the directee is ready to begin the conversation, they end the silence with a simple “amen.” I have found this to be a comfortable welcome for most people, but every director finds their own way of welcoming a directee. I personally have loved the variety of hospitable gestures and have felt that each of my directors took time to consider my unique personality and story.

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

Today’s Question

When have you received a hospitable welcome from a spiritual friend?
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Today’s Scripture

Contribute to the needs of the saints; extend hospitality to strangers.
—Romans 12:13 (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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3 Comments

  • robert moeller Posted March 8, 2022 5:39 am

    Although it has been many years since I had spiritual hospitality and some of its memory has faded, most definitely it was the best I ever experienced. It made a big difference in my life and helped me forward on my faith journey. I can’t be sure but perhaps it was a once in a lifetime experience. Very thankful that we finally have a plumber coming. Hopefully the needed work can be done and we can soon have the condo on the market. This will enable us to visit the Poconos. Thankful too for Lenten study focusing on hymns that meets via Zoom today Found wainscoting, station and baggage room doors, and a baggage cart for the station model.
    Prayers that Larry’s move goes well, there’s resolution of the issue at Jill’s school, Julie receives the test she needs and healing continues, Lou’s construction project finishes well, beloved pets receive helpful medical care, and efforts to end the war in Ukraine succeed soon. Thank You, Lord.

  • Julie Posted March 8, 2022 8:49 am

    I had this from some of the new church’s members in particular. They restored my faith in the church.
    Prayers for Ally and her mental state. Prayers for Jill, Larry and Becky as they close on the condo today. Prayers for Jeremy, Scout and Roger for improved health. Prayers for Robert as he prepares the condo for sale, may all go well.

  • Jill Posted March 8, 2022 4:54 pm

    My spiritual director always warmly greeted me. A hug, followed by intentional listening, with good follow up questions.
    I love the warm embraces I receive from a cherished few friends. Nothing beats a lingering embrace. I cherish a grasped hand as well.
    I received a text from dad that the moving was completed by 12:30. That seems like it must have been very efficient. I haven’t spoken to him yet. Had a meeting after school and had to run an errand after that.
    It was a long day. A colleague made a fool of himself in a department meeting after school and I am just very off put by it. Ready to put this day behind me. Hopefully some QT with Roger in the recliner before I head to bed early.

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