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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

The holiness of storytelling is revealed by the words of the apostle Paul: “Present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship” (Rom. 12:1). Our bodies are the vessels in which we live out the stories of our lives, and our physical embodiment reflects God’s image in the world. Only when we embrace all we have experienced as human beings—from our heartbreaking agonies to our ecstatic victories—and freely return them to God can they be used for our healing and as a part of the story on our journey.

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

Today’s Question

What life experience can you embrace and return to God for your healing?
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Today’s Scripture

Let them thank the LORD for his steadfast love,
for his wonderful works to humankind.
—Psalm 107:21 (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 9, 2022 5:35 am

    At best I only partially understand today’s question, certainly I know I need healing, I’m human.
    To me true healing comes from God. i try to keep God focused. Daily progress reading the Bible, the hymn focused Lenten study, and prayer keep me going. Prep for the condo sale continues as does research on the Poconos and PA. A prayer vigil for Ukraine today at noon. Continued prayers for the NEM family. Thank You, Lord.

  • Julie Posted March 9, 2022 8:49 am

    I need to turn my current situation and recent diagnosis over to the Lord for healing.
    Robert, I live in PA so if you have PA questions I can help. Also I grew up in north central PA not far from the Poconos so I am familiar with that area as well. I can share my email with you if you would like.
    Prayers for Robert as he readies the condo for sale and learns about the Poconos. Prayers for Ally and her mental state. Prayers for Jill as she deals with her colleagues. Prayers for everyone who visits here today.

  • Jill Posted March 9, 2022 1:55 pm

    I am not sure I have an answer for this. I don’t believe I am harboring anything which has kept me from being healed by Him. A few years ago, there would have been several responses. My relationship with mom, my relationship with my sister. Some idolatry issues. Thankfully, God has worked through each of these…I was at great peace with my relationship with mom when she passed. God has worked a miracle in my heart where my sister is concerned. I now have relationships in the proper perspective. All of this healing was due to me surrendering relationships to Him and desiring He be glorified above all else.
    The sun has peaked out after snowflakes this morning. I know it won’t be as warm as I think it is out there, but looks pleasant nevertheless.
    We have a tennis match this evening…a “floater” – to make up for the weekend of Easter – as there will be no play that weekend. So, I am missing small group Bible study – a tough choice. But the captain was short on numbers, and I have been there several times as a captain. I certainly wouldn’t do this on a regular basis, but tonight is an exception.
    Talked to dad last evening, as he was settling in at my sister’s. It has been a hectic 10 days for him and he is planning on taking a few days to recover. Also, these high gas prices are not impressive to him. He moved about 25 miles south of where the condo was. His church was literally down the road, 1/2 mile away. He is now about 35 minutes from his best friend – whom he visits every other week. He is about 35 minutes from my house as well. An adjustment ahead for sure.

  • Ally Posted March 9, 2022 3:25 pm

    I have found myself thinking about old hurts which thought were put to rest. Not sure if there are any I want to embrace. I have tried to let some stuff go because they involved toxic persons. Some of these have experienced trauma and do not know how to cope. But self scare is important as well. I cannot care for myself and have them in my life. I can pray for them and wish them well. I can continue to work on forgiveness. But that is the only place they can have in my life. I do know that what Joseph said to his brothers is truth. What man meant for evil, God meant for good. I embrace the good.
    We got great news today. We can have access to mama’s house for a short time. Not sure for how long, but we will be able to get precious things out, like mama’s wedding hat, our books, pictures, some other keepsakes. Praise the lord. God is a good Father. Needed this good news! Thanks to all for your prayers. Please continue to lift up the disability process and continued improvement of our kitties’ health. They are improving. David went to his urologist for blood work. He will meet with Dr. to get results Friday. Im not not quite as down as i was. We came by some fresh produce yesterday, including fresh collard greens which I love. They are labor a intensive because they must be washed very well, have stems removed, and then leaves cut up. They take awhile to cook so they will be tender, but I felt a real sense of accomplishment to prepare and cook them. will eat them tonight with some bakes sweet potatoes and cornbread. Im thankful for my mama for teaching me to cook soul and southern food.
    We are anxious to talk to David’s doctor Friday. He grew up in Ukraine during Soviet era and has family there still. Pray his family are safe and can get away.
    Praying that we all find healing and peace by giving our stuff to God. Love you all.

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