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 question Will I be hurt again? arises not only in situations of violence and abuse but in the daily push-and-pull of life. Many people undertake the process of forgiving only when they are assured that it will not make them vulnerable to the offending person. They want no part of a forgiveness that exposes them to ongoing hurt. We must therefore understand what the gospel asks of us. It does not require us to remain in situations of danger or to put up with ongoing hurt. Protecting ourselves from harm is our right and duty.

—Kathleen Fischer, in Forgiveness: Perspectives on Making Peace with Your Past, compiled and introduced by Amy Lyles Wilson (Fresh Air Books, 2008)

Today’s Question

Who helps you discern how to forgive while setting healthy boundaries? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

Make no friends with those given to anger,
and do not associate with hotheads,
or you may learn their ways
and entangle yourself in a snare.

—Proverbs 22:24-25 (NRSV)

Prayer for the Week

Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from the evil one.

(This week’s prayer can be found in Matthew 6:9-13, NIV.)
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  • Julie Posted September 24, 2021 8:36 am

    Wow, this is what I have needed to hear for sooooo loooong! I can keep myself safe, I am given permission to stand apart from h and not let him hurt me anymore. I am still n ot at the point of forgiving though.. I will need time and space to do this.
    I iintend to make sure my lawyer is aware that I will NOT be available to continue until January. She kind of ignores me when I tell her things. I need to get her to take this seriously as my blood disorder is serious I will need to get my thrombin numbers to the level that will allow for a safe surgery. Otherwise I could die from a clot. H has stalled for three years I feel a couple months for my health are reasonable. I ask God to help me stay strong in the face of her resistance.
    Prayers for Ally and David regarding health and financial issues as well as insight for his daughter. Prayers for Rober’s health and Jill and her student’s safety. Prayers for Robert’s safe travel and time spent with old friends and fellow model train enthusiasts. Prayers for Marti and her staff. Thank you for your prayers and kind words and may God bless all who visit here.

  • robert moeller Posted September 25, 2021 2:09 am

    Julie, I too welcomed this refection, prayers that both your health and legal issues will be handled in the best way, thank you for your prayers for me and all the NEM family. Met former church friends, drive through Smuggler’s Notch between Mount Mansfield and Spruce Peak to the town where I was born, then to the town of the railroad historical society convention as well as a town where I once lived. Misty, drizzly weather ended and a rain free day expected Saturday. Prayers for Jill, Ally & David, and the issues they face, thankful too for the blessings they receive. Thank You, Lord.

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