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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

In my years of recovery from trauma, I was fortunate to have a community around me that helped me navigate the wilderness of depression. When I did not think I could make it, I reached out to the members of my support team for their assistance. When I felt alone, they sat with me. When I did not know what step to take next, they walked beside me. When I cried tears of sorrow and betrayal, they comforted me. When I could not believe in the Holy One, they believed on my behalf.

—Beth A. Richardson, Walking in the Wilderness: Seeking God During Lent (Upper Room Books, 2020)

Today’s Question

How has God used a community to bring healing into your life? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

Heal me, O Lord, and I shall be healed;
save me, and I shall be saved;
for you are my praise.
—Jeremiah 17:14 (NRSVUE)

Prayer for the Week

Holy One, my body, soul, and spirit hunger and thirst for you. Here in this barren wilderness, fill me with your living water. Shape me into the one you would have me become. Amen.
—Beth A. Richardson, Walking in the Wilderness
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Something More

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Lectionary Readings

(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)

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1 Comment

  • Rusty Posted February 26, 2024 4:24 pm

    In 2018 and 2019 when I had a months long period of vision impairment and couldn’t drive, I had help from 2 different faith communities. One was my regular church community in which a self-organized group arranged to drive me to and from church on Sundays. I was very grateful for that and it helped me forge closer relationships with a number of folks in my congregation. The other was my men’s Friday morning Bible study. They prayed for me and laid on hands for my healing. I believe God’s orthogonal and unforeseen solution that came following both those support efforts for me, finding a doctor who diagnosed and treated my condition as a rare form of migraine, was thanks in good part to my friends caring for me.

    Also, of course, this UR family has cheered me and comforted me countless times. For this I am grateful to God and to each of you! Blessing to all!

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