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

With God, our detours and wrong turns are not the end of the road. If we pay attention to God’s grace, our losses and bad choices can turn us toward a new road that will lead us to the new things God will be doing in our lives. Even when what we’re facing and dealing with is not good at all, God is always up to something—and that something is always for our good.

—Mary Lou Redding, God Was with Me All Along: A Guide for Capturing Your Memories and Telling Your Story (Upper Room Books, 2021)

Today’s Question

When have you experienced God’s goodness in the midst of wrong turns? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

We know that God works all things together for good for the ones who love God, for those who are called according to his purpose.
—Romans 8:28, CEB

Prayer for the Week

You are invited to replace the prayer below with one you recall from your own childhood.

Now I lay me down to sleep,
I pray the Lord my soul to keep.
Guide me safely through the night,
And wake me with the morning light.
Submit your prayer to The Upper Room.

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Lectionary Readings

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  • Ally Posted March 14, 2021 12:42 pm

    I have taken more wrong turns than I can count. Beth Moore stated in her book, Get Out Of The Pit, that God’ purposes are true and right and for that reason, we can trust God when we mess up. On my favorite show Call The Midwife, the progress Sister Julianne, said God may not have caused the event, (that is on us, but God is in the response and in the redeeming. Dear Lord, thank You for working things out even when we don’t feel it.
    David continues to progress. His last day of therapy is tomorrow. He is super anxious to return home on Tuesday. I have much to do to get ready for him. Lewis continues to progress and is breathing well. There is one particular special food he enjoys more than others, so I’m continuing with that to keep him eating. Thanks so for your prayers for my family and friends. I love you for it! May all remain safe and well. Lord, be with Marcy. May we hear from Robert soon. Amen. Blessings on this beautiful Sunday.

    • Ally Posted March 14, 2021 12:45 pm

      Prioress Sister Julienne, not Progress Julianne. Autocorrect can be useful, but is often frustrating.

  • Jill Posted March 14, 2021 1:03 pm

    I think we must be willing to consider that how we define good is not God’s definition. He sees the long game. As I mentioned earlier in the week – the struggles of finding a job. And, yet, now – I wouldn’t change anything about my circumstances. He has a plan and I must trust.
    Just got a text from dad, he has landed in sunny, warm Orlando. He is elated to have a change of scenery. My sister will keep him busy. A good thing!
    My church has started “Tiny Groups” – a few households brought together – to be in touch, be in prayer, get together once a month, etc. I am paired up with two other single ladies and we live relatively close to each other. We are meeting at a local park for a walk this afternoon.

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