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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

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, 2021)

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

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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2 Comments

  • Julie Posted March 12, 2022 8:42 am

    By quieting my thoughts I am better able to discern God’s will.
    Tomorrow’s UR Devotional touched me deeply. It was by an individual who experienced a sickness in the past and felt abandoned by the Lord. This reflects my current state. Like the author, my head knows the truth but my heart hurts and I feel lost and forgotten.
    Prayers for Ally, David, Jeremy and Scout. May David receive reassuring news from his urologist. Prayers for Ally’s relatives, those with health issues, the caregiver and those with addictions. Prayers for Jill, Larry and Becky, may Becky not allow bad habits to develop during their adjustment period. Prayers for Roger, that his move is smooth and the final one. Prayers for all visitors to this site.

  • Jill Posted March 12, 2022 6:52 pm

    I feel like I need to be more consistent with meditation…if what I am actually doing is meditation. I try to still my mind and focus on a verse or a phrase. To let the Spirit bring to mind something, as opposed to my brain working.
    Very windy and cold here today. Roger got sick this morning, the third time in a week. I called the vet. Depending on what his blood curve numbers look like tomorrow – I may be taking him into vet Monday morning. From what I can gather from the internet, constipation can be brought on by diabetes. He is vomiting right after going to the bathroom – and it seems like classic cat constipation. So hard for me to imagine with the amount of water he is taking in. He doesn’t seem in distress otherwise, eats fine, loves on me, joins me in the recliner. My heart hurts to think he is not well. But, today he was active in the kitchen window, watching birds at the new window feeder. They were so busy, he didn’t get his usual napping in. I am encouraged by his interest in them.
    Dad is coming over for lunch tomorrow, after he gets done at church.

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