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

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Today’s Reflection

RIGHTEOUSNESS is not a yardstick to separate us from others. Righteousness comes as a gift from Christ, who reconciles us not only with God but with all the other characters Christ joins at table and calls to follow.

—John Indermark
Gospeled Lives: Encounters with Jesus

From page 24 of Gospeled Lives: Encounters with Jesus by John Indermark. Copyright © 2008 by The Upper Room. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. Learn more about or purchase this book.

Today’s Question

What does “righteousness” mean to you?  Share your thoughts.

Today’s Scripture

He is the source of your life in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification and redemption …
—1 Corinthians 1:30, NRSV

Prayer for the Week

Here I am, Lord.

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  • Mary Ng Shwu Ling Posted March 31, 2019 3:46 am

    Righteousness is simply doing what is right.

    Blessings to all and have a wonderful weekend!

  • Jill Posted March 31, 2019 5:42 am

    For me, righteousness is Him imparting His pardon to me and giving me the opportunity and the ability to be transformed by Him to the likeness of His Son. I cannot do any of this on my own, but must seek Him out and follow the movement of His Spirit, fully imbedded in me. How is it that when He sees me, He sees His Son and I am fully pardoned? Amazing grace. Oh the height and depth and breadth of His love, His church, His mercies.
    He continues to sustain dad and I and my sister as our caregiving roles expand. Yesterday, day 50 since being released from the hospital, was the most difficult yet. When I arrived in the morning to relieve my sister – mom had collapsed on the bathroom floor. Somehow, my dad was able to get her up and they were able to get her into the hospital bed. By evening, a catheter had been placed in her as she is now too weak to get out of bed. At times she was speaking incoherently and is mostly inconsolable. Dad remains tender – what a testament he is. May God grant us the necessary strength for today. Yes, He will – He is faithful. Dad and I continue to have good, deeply honest conversations. The one at dinner last evening involved many tears.
    God continues to provide manna each day, at just the needed moment – a voice message from a friend at church, a text, an email. My closest circle of friends who are on the other side of my phone. Thank You, Father.
    Thank you, UR family for your constancy as well.

    • Lou Posted March 31, 2019 7:00 am

      God’s peace be with you and your family at this very difficult time- praying for your strength- you are such a wonderful daughter.

    • Julie Posted March 31, 2019 8:44 am

      I know this sounds trite but after all I have been through I can assure you God never gives us more than we can handle. He gives us strength and even though what we face is worse than anything we could imagine we do what is necessary. Be strong and courageous for the Lord your God is going with you. Joshua

  • robert moeller Posted March 31, 2019 8:29 am

    To try and answer this question I had to look up the word righteous. The Merriam -Webster dictionary dealt with it very quickly and briefly. The Biblical dictionary covered the word through scripture passages all the way through the Bible. It dealt with God’s, Jesus’ and our righteousness and presents different explanations, some of which show change over time. From this I took two that seem to best express what I understand as personal righteousness: “To behave as people of the holy Lord” and “to be in a right relationship with the Lord”. As a human I can desire a relationship with God.
    I have free will to do this. How well I do this only God really knows. My repentance of sin, Jesus’ sacrifice and redemption, plus grace that makes up for my inability to correct completely my sins enable me to be righteous before God.

    Acknowledging sin, confessing it to God, and accepting God’s forgiveness received as a gift of love, mercy, and grace will help me stand before God one day.

    Thankful for a safe trip yesterday, it was icy on a mountain top highway, but slow and careful driving got us to the destination. Thankful the car is running well. Saw the place we hope may be our new home. A new problem with the sewer system, thankfully no mess, but the smell is not good. Think there is a problem with venting. Some one should check it today. Pearl made an unexpected trip outdoors and that required a big clean up. The Sugar on Snow dinner and after dinner clean up went well. Hopefully all goes well with the railroad historical society conference call today. A lot going on here, God will help me through it.

    Prayers for Gloria, Larry, Becky, and Jill. Thankful you are all together. This is a most difficult time and God is helping Gloria’s caregivers. Having three of you is a blessing and being in hospice should be of great help. I pray for God’s peace and comfort, consolation and resolution.

    Thankful for Sunday although I won’t be in church today. I can and will pray and worship at home. Thank You Lord, You are always with us.

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