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

TAKING TIME to find someone we trust to be our “wailing wall” and sharing the stories that our tears represent brings immense healing benefits into our lives and relationships. Something positive and life-giving is released when our tears flow and find their voice. This could be why the church, long before the advent of modern psychology, gave special atten-tion to “the gift of tears.” Besides their therapeutic value, which is well documented, tears help us realize when we have reached the point when we are most wounded, which is precisely the moment that restorative grace and new beginnings often enter our lives. Our tears make us receptive to angelic presences and surprising resurrection encounters. It happened for Mary, and it can happen for us as well.

—Trevor Hudson
Hope Beyond Your Tears: Experiencing Christ’s Healing Love

From page 27 of Hope Beyond Your Tears: Experiencing Christ’s Healing Love by Trevor Hudson. Copyright © 2012 by The Upper Room. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. Learn more about or purchase this book.

Today’s Question

How does the message of Jesus’ death and resurrection help you to befriend your tears?  Share your thoughts.

Today’s Scripture

Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?
—John 20:15a, NRSV

Prayer for the Week

Lord, fill my life with resurrection hope.

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  • Jill Posted May 1, 2019 3:47 am

    Realizing that God took on human form and walked here amongst us, with us – and in the end, suffered far more than we can imagine – this draws me to the brink of tears. His love and commitment to us, suffering for and taking on our sins…each and every one of them…it is too much for my humanly limited brain to grasp. And yet – the story continues – resurrection. Again, beyond my capability to completely comprehend. What love, indeed what love is this?
    I think of His tears in Gethsemane, His tears for Lazarus, His tears for Jerusalem. And, yes, I must weep, too. Over my sinfulness, my lack of care, my pride.
    Father – I lift Julie to You – encompass her with Your comforting love. Despite her circumstances at home, her physical chronic health issues and now this UTI concern – that You are going before her, You see the events of this day already, that You are in control and holding her. May she have a very strong sense of this. Yes, You are near to the broken-hearted.
    Father – I thank You and am so grateful for a dear friend who came near to my pool of tears yesterday, with a phone call. Willing to listen to the goodness and the intensity of my trip with my father.
    Grateful, too, for the comfort of my home. And time after school to be here, again – getting back to normalcy. Grateful for a bit better night’s sleep.

  • Andrea Posted May 1, 2019 8:23 am

    I realize this time in my life is blessed and I cherish each day. I am accustomed to being a bit less mobile and my memory not quite as sharp, same with Lowell, but we are blessed. I must live these days fully, with gratitude and with faith in God.

    I pray for the needs of my UR friends. Julie, I pray for your recovery and I pray you are soon out of your difficult home situation. I picture you surrounded by God’s protective, healing shield of love.

    Jill and Mary, thank you for sharing your grieving and faith. Strong witnesses. Prayers for your grieving.

    Robert, faithful father to your son Erich, I pray for each step of your move to go smoothly, and I pray for Erich’s future career.

    Edy, I pray Bill will be expertly cared for in his upcoming surgery and the tumor will be safely removed and benign, and I pray for you through this anxious time.

    Marcy, you are in my prayers every day and even though you are unable to comment for periods of time, you are very much here in this holy online space.

    Lou, God bless you as you continue to nurture your young adult children through the major adjustments you and they have had to make and continue to make. My prayers for you and your three children.

    Connie, I always appreciate what you say in your concise, strong- faithed comments. My prayers for you and your husband.

    Betsy, God bless you and your husband in your new roles as am grandparents, an awesome joy, privilege, and responsibility.

    Pam, God bless you as you return to your normal day to day life.

    May God bless all UR visitors with guidance, strength, and grace.

    • Julie Posted May 1, 2019 8:30 am

      Thank you Andrea for your kind words and prayers. You are one of the people I pray for at night to have a full and restful night’s sleep. God bless you Lowell.

    • Mary Ng Shwu Ling Posted May 1, 2019 9:09 am

      Thanks Andrea!

      Praying that Julie’s situation improve and all be well.


      • Mary Ng Shwu Ling Posted May 1, 2019 9:15 am

        Grateful for friends who continue to show care and concern.

        Grateful for people who continue to pray for Jill and my family.

  • Julie Posted May 1, 2019 8:24 am

    I am humbled by the amount of suffering Jesus had to endure on my behalf. I feel a kinship with Him for His humanity while on earth. He, too, suffered loss and cried because of it and He cried out to God when He was in emotional pain. He went through and experienced so much that I myself live with.
    H has changed his address with the post office so all his mail goes to a woman in our neighborhood. She is more than his friend.
    Prayers for Jill, I will add you to my nightly prayers for those with sleep issues. Thank you for your warm and heartfelt prayer. I am humbled.
    Prayers and blessings and warm hugs dear UR family

    • Connie Posted May 1, 2019 11:02 am

      Julie, you are not alone. You don’t deserve to be treated this way-nobody does! I support you 100%.

  • Connie Posted May 1, 2019 10:46 am

    Rev. 3:8
    My “wailing wall”, my “pool of tears”.
    They cleanse my soul and bring me closer to God.

  • robert moeller Posted May 1, 2019 12:52 pm

    I think of the lines from the hymn that say, “You ask me how I know He lives, He lives within my heart.” Knowing Christ is alive calms a lot of hearts and dries a lot of tears.

    I face a daily challenge that science, facts, even history say it is all just a story, but experience says otherwise. Faith and trust have made a difference.

    I think many are experiencing trouble sleeping. Have been told it has some to do with longer daylight hours that are much brighter than in winter. It has been chilly and wanting to stay in a warm bed is a good feeling.

    Prayers for Marcy, Rusty, Julie, Andrea, and Lowell that help with health concerns is present. A special prayer for Julie and her home life. May peace and consolation come to Jill, her family, Mary, her family, and Connie.
    Thank You, Lord.

    Awaiting the end of the week when I may know more about how the condo sale is doing.

    Blessings to all,

  • Rev Doretha Custis Posted May 1, 2019 3:27 pm

    I am so thankful for this weeks devotional regarding our tears. It was a confirmation of what I have preached for many years. God Created us with everything that we would need in our lifetime. Even our salty, healing, joyful tears. Weeping may endure for a night, But Joy comes in the morning. (I learned that even tears of Joy can dry up, however, I never lost my Joy. My tears water my seeds of Joy. And when I think of the tears shed on Calvary my Good days our weigh my Bad days and I won’t complain.

    • Nancy Posted May 1, 2019 9:07 pm

      Thank you. You have shed God’s Grace upon me and upon those I care for and love forever and ever.

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