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

Meditation opens our hearts and minds to the transforming ways of the Lord. For me personally, various forms of meditation have firmly planted God’s word in my heart and mind, not just as a tool to remember trivial information but as a touchpoint memory of truth-telling encounters with God. That word can come not only from scripture but also from the created world around me, including people whose paths cross mine. In my relationship with my spiritual director, our conversation allows me to ponder and reflect on life, excavating the secrets of wisdom and understanding I need for this time.

—Marsha Crockett, Sacred Conversation: Exploring the Seven Gifts of Spiritual Direction (Upper Room Books, 2022)

Today’s Question

How has meditation shaped your life with God? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

Those of steadfast mind you keep in peace—
in peace because they trust in you.
—Isaiah 26:3, NRSV

Prayer for the Week

Holy God, thank you for the gift of spiritual direction and for someone to accompany me on my journey of growing closer to you. Help me to remain open to suggestions my spiritual director offers and to pay attention to signs of your presence. Amen.
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Something More

This Lent, Roger Owens invites us to approach prayer and life differently through participating in Everyday Contemplative: A Lenten Online Experience. Together, we’ll explore a contemplative approach applicable to all spiritual practices—indeed, to life itself. Register here.

Lectionary Readings

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  • Julie Posted February 18, 2023 10:02 am

    I used to meditate but now with h acting as he does I have no time. Again today he refused to shower. His hallucinations and delusions have ramped up. He thinks there are people in the house moving things out and that Megan and I are leaving. The stress is affecting my health to a greater and greater degree each day as he continues day after day. I am so looking forward to my time away tomorrow. I really need a relaxing day with no arguments.

  • robert moeller Posted February 18, 2023 4:16 pm

    I think Bible / book study is my meditation. Discussion , reading, and videos help me a lot.
    Prayers for Julie as she cares for h, super challenging times. That you have time away from
    this situation is essential
    A sp vial worship service tomorrow followed by a luncheon.
    Cooler weather, the snow on trails , paths is rock hard..
    Prayers for our country, may try lead to action that brings the peace we do long for Thank You, Lord.

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