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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

Silence is the lifeblood of spiritual direction. You may wonder how that can be if the idea is to engage in conversation about all manner of life, love, loss, and longing. But silence is the gift offered by the director who sits and listens unhurried and silently present to your unfolding story. After sharing what is on my mind and in my heart during that hour with my director, I often come to a point where I feel done or emptied, and I fall silent. At first, this may feel awkward because our culture teaches us to keep conversations going. However, in spiritual direction, the conversation ebbs and flows. I find these spaces of silence become a bridge from my head to my heart as I listen inwardly to what I have just shared.

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

Today’s Question

When have you experienced silence as a gift? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

For God alone my soul waits in silence,
for my hope is from him.
—Psalm 62:5 (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 11, 2022 6:30 am

    Quiet Time at the start if the day has been a habit for 23 years. These days I start with NEM . In the past there were other readings from devotionals. They keep me going. Have Zoom fellowship today and the plumber is expected. Warm days and cold nights, 46/23, sugaring weather, with a winter storm watch in place. Will try to write more this afternoon.

  • Julie Posted March 11, 2022 8:45 am

    Silence with a loved one is a gift as well as silence with someone who needs presence not platitudes. Also, I started a time of meditation yesterday and I felt much calmer afterward and intend to continue.
    Prayers for Ally’s finances and health and for Jeremy and Scout’s health. Prayers for Jill and Larry as they work out a schedule to stay connected despite the increased distance. Prayers for Robert, that his plumbing issue is minor and the plumber arrives in a timely fashion. We here in Pittsburgh are under a storm watch with 2 to 4 inches of snow and high winds expected to greatly reduce visibility. Prayers for all visitors to this warm circle of friends.

  • Jill Posted March 11, 2022 11:39 am

    I appreciate silence afforded to me by people who respect my introvert personality. Also, silence while listening well, and I don’t have to rush my thoughts or my conversation.
    In some ways this carries over into my classroom. Of course, I can’t be introverted in front of my students. But I think they come to know that I don’t say things to hear myself talk (as some other teachers do…I believe). So, when I am speaking – they know to be attentive. And then, when I am done, they have time to begin working on problems.
    Talked to my sister after classes this morning, to see how things are coming along in their 3 person household. She pretty much puts a positive spin on things most of the time. And she was in the car with her husband, so not sure I got the whole truth. But seems to be going well thus far. She is a people pleaser, and she said dad isn’t shy about asking about things. I said – well he probably is wanting an honest answer from you. But – people pleasers do not always speak truth. That is where my sister and I are incredibly different. Dad knows he will get the truth from me. But, perhaps, he is just “playing” my sister to get what he wants…not in a devious way, but just knowing how she is. Relationships are complicated. My cat and I get along just fine, thank you.

  • Ally Posted March 11, 2022 1:18 pm

    Hello all, first response is to yesterday’s reading. Like Robert, I employ the Wesleyan Quad. I do have a couple of friends who help me find perspective, as my aunt did yesterday on a situation with a family member and helped me focus on forgiveness and letting go of the hurt. She showed compassion and love. You never get too old to need mother love and she provided some. I love her so much. And like Julie, I rely on our NEM family for wisdom and prayer.
    Regarding today’s question: I try to start every day with quiet time. Also, the silence of a personal retreat brings me peace and clears the junk out so I can hear God’s voice. Several times, I have spent 2-3 days at a monastery in personal retreat. During these times, I pray for wisdom and discernment and listen. The quiet and solitude help me to hear God. I have not been able to visit a a monastery since the pandemic began and look forward to doing so when it is safe.
    David had his urologist appointment this morning. His PSA numbers are back up. He’s scheduled for a biopsy early next month. We are trying not to worry. But its hard. Please pray for a positive outcome and that we can trust God with this. Kitties continue to progress. Pray for family situation I mentioned, especially for my cousin, who is caring for my aunt with dementia. Pray also for her sisters, one who has some health issues of her own. The other sister has problems related to addiction which complicates the situation.
    Robert, praying the plumbing issue is fixed and that your transition to Poconos area will be smooth. Julie, I hear you regarding platitudes. Can’t stand them. Glad your time of meditation helped you feel calm. I prayer book I’m reading now has a couple of guided imagery entries. They have helped me with anxiety greatly. Jill, prayers continue for a smooth transition for your family with Larry’s move. Prayers for little Roger to be restored to health. In so glad y’all have each other.
    Prayers continue for the people of Ukraine. Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayers.

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