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 Fourth Step asks us to make a “searching” and “fearless” moral inventory. Both these adjectives are well chosen and deserve careful thought. On the one hand, we must carefully search out all the facts about our lives. When we make our list of assets and liabilities, we would do well to make thoroughness our checkpoint. On the other hand, we must also be fearless.It can sometimes be a bit scary to face ourselves with total honesty.

—Trevor Hudson, One Day at a Time: Discovering the Freedom of 12-Step Spirituality (Upper Room Books, 2007)

Today’s Question

Why do you think it is so hard to take an honest look at ourselves? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

Let us test and examine our ways
and return to the Lord.
—Lamentations 3:40 (NRSV)

Prayer for the Week

Dear God, I admit that I cannot live life on my own power. I trust that you love me and want what is best for me. Please help me each day to seek your guidance, to love other people, and to live in a way that pleases you. Amen. Submit your prayer to The Upper Room.

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  • robert moeller Posted July 31, 2022 12:23 pm

    There are things that we know about ourselves that make us uncomfortable. we are not proud of, were serious
    mistakes. Admitting them to God, who knows them already, can be easier, but there are times we make that hard too.
    Will find out this week how this church reacted to the possibility for a church member to become the church’s certified lay pastor. I think it is the best possible option. at this point in time. Until and if it happens in mid October we have worship planned.
    Tom is home, prayers for Nancy Dixon in hospice.
    Hope you have a blessed Sunday. Stay well, dry, cool, and safe.

  • Jill Posted July 31, 2022 3:43 pm

    An honest look will be very humbling and will usher us to the throne of grace. We see our guilt, our wretchedness in light of Christ, in light of our commitment to Him – and we see how far short we have fallen. It is so important to remember that in our weakness, He is our sufficient strength.
    My school’s athletic department hosted its golf outing today to raise funds for the booster club. It was a perfect day – very comfortable. My group has been together for 5 years and this was our best year.
    I woke up this morning to some relief – so welcome. My treatment from Thursday evening finally kicked in. I now have some hope of playing later this week. But still must be patient and faithful with my stretching routine.
    So very hard to believe tomorrow is August. What happened to July????

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