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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

Reprinted 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

A note from the author: “Celtic Christians acknowledged God’s presence in every aspect of living—from waking to sleeping, from birth to death, from mundane chores to momentous celebrations. They perceived God’s creation as a holy gift. Gratitude characterized their way of being as they affirmed the source of life and gave thanks through blessings.”

So fragile, this nest,
Sitting on the electrical box,
Barely sheltered from the wind and the rain.

So fragile, these eggs,
Life growing within,
Nurtured by the warmth
Of a mother’s tiny body.

Life begins,
Life grows,
Life comes forth
From miraculous beginnings.

Shelter these lives,
Great God of creation,
Source of all that has been,
All that is,
And all that is to come.

Thank you, Creator,
For eyes to see
Intricate nests,
Tiny birds,
Speckled eggs.

Delight of your creation.

—Beth A. Richardson, Christ Beside Me, Christ Within Me: Celtic Blessings (Upper Room Books, 2016)

Today’s Question

What do birds teach you about God? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

Look at the birds in the sky. They don’t sow seed or harvest grain or gather crops into barns. Yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Aren’t you worth much more than they are?
—Matthew 6:26 (CEB)

Prayer for the Week

Christ with me, Christ before me, Christ behind me,
Christ in me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me.
(From a prayer attributed to Saint Patrick)
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Something More

Hear more from Beth A. Richardson in the Christ Beside Me, Christ Within Me eCourse.

Lectionary Readings

(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)

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3 Comments

  • Jill Posted July 29, 2020 5:12 am

    Birds sing and they just keep on singing. Not necessarily in unison, or even on key – yet a symphony of sound before daylight even hits. As constant as each new morning. During the summertime – I often try to guess the time, before rolling over and looking at the clock, when it is pre-dawn. And the time in my mind is dependent upon if and how much bird chatter I hear. Also – have always loved the song “His eye is on the sparrow.” There was one soloist in my church growing up – I feel this was her “go to” song. The first session I met with my counselor after mom passed – she gave me a small, ceramic bird…I always assumed it was a sparrow.
    Way we know deep within – His consistent gaze and care.

  • Julie Posted July 29, 2020 8:25 am

    I’m sure Megan would be laughing now if she read this because she knows my feelings regarding birds. I do not like them. I am not afraid of them and have no basis for this dislike, I simply fail to see the allure or beauty that others see. I do like hummingbirds and they teach me that God creates each creature as unique and possessing the unique traits necessary for survival. Similarly he created each of us with the unique set of spiritual gifts we need to serve Him according to His will.
    Prayers for Jill as she endures unpleasant side effects from her meds, May her doctor find new ones which are effective without causing unpleasant effects.
    Prayers for Robert and his continued success with his models and recreations of childhoood memories.
    Prayers for April and her warm memories of her dog and their evening walks.
    Prayers, thank you and stay well dear UR one and all

    • Teresa Posted July 29, 2020 9:08 am

      Wonder,
      Patient Waiting
      A New Song Every Morning

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