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

In our world, we spend a tremendous amount of energy to conceal our weaknesses, to pretend to be something we’re not, and to avoid showing the vulnerability and insecurity we truly feel. We’re told to be strong. And then, along comes this beautiful holy day we call Ash Wednesday, a day that gives us permission to be weak, to acknowledge our limitations, and to repent. This journey of repentance is no easy task. It requires us to unlearn our misconceptions about what strength looks like and confront the idols we’ve looked to for salvation. It forces us to interrogate the illusions we’ve created about safety, success, and simple answers.

—Matt Temple, “Beginning the Journey,” in Where We Meet: A Lenten Study of Systems, Stories, and Hope (Upper Room Books, 2023)

Today’s Question

When have you shared the vulnerability or insecurity you feel with your faith community? How did they receive your authentic feelings? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

[The Lord] said to me, “My grace is enough for you, because power is made perfect in weakness.” So I’ll gladly spend my time bragging about my weaknesses so that Christ’s power can rest on me. Therefore, I’m all right with weaknesses, insults, disasters, harassments, and stressful situations for the sake of Christ, because when I’m weak, then I’m strong.
—2 Corinthians 12:9-10 (CEB)

Prayer for the Week

Breath Prayer
Inhale: Jesus, Son of God
Exhale: Have mercy on me, a sinner.
Inhale: Ever-present God
Exhale: May I feel you here.
Inhale: You know me.
Exhale: You love me.
Inhale: You know my neighbors.
Exhale: You love my neighbors.
Inhale: You see me.
Exhale: You see the unseen.
Inhale: Help me to see
Exhale: All your children.
Inhale: God of love
Exhale: May all know your love.
—Prayer by Rachel Gilmore in Where We Meet
Submit your prayer to The Upper Room.

Something More

What is Lent? When is Lent? Why do we set it apart? Learn more about this special season by reading Lent 101.

Lectionary Readings

(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)

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  • Rusty Posted February 12, 2024 6:59 am

    I have shared vulnerably with this UR family and I know I can count on love, wisdom and support in return. Thank you. Lord, bless this community.

    • Larry Eugene Dyer Posted February 12, 2024 9:06 am

      Rusty, Looking for Robert…..

  • Larry Eugene Dyer Posted February 12, 2024 9:07 am


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