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

From time to time writing brings up difficult or uncomfortable thoughts. …

When you encounter such thoughts, feelings, or questions, the best step is to pray. Pray to the loving God who created you and ask God to help you deal with whatever you experienced in your writing. Learning to live with questions and to hold yourself and these questions mercifully is a worthy endeavor and very much a possibility as you write with the Bible in this way. Accepting the flow of thoughts and feelings that are stirred up as I read the Bible has given me greater resilience and joy and deepened my relationship with God.

—Jane Herring, One Day I Wrote Back: Interacting with Scripture Through Creative Writing (Upper Room Books, 2015)

Today’s Question

When have you had difficult or uncomfortable thoughts while reflecting on a scripture verse or passage? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

But [Jesus] answered [the tempter], “It is written, ‘One does not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’ ”
—Matthew 4:4 (NRSV)

Prayer for the Week

Gracious God, your word says that you will always guide me. You are with me during every moment of every day. You will satisfy my needs when I feel frustrated, and you will strengthen me when life makes me weary. Help me to follow your ways as you lead me into a life of fruitfulness and joy. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.

—Adapted from “30 Powerful Prayers to God for Guidance and Direction,” at ConnectUsFund.org

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Something More

Learn from this week’s featured author, Jane Herring, and other spiritual guides at our virtual event, RESILIENCE | Practicing Compassion in a World of Conflict. On September 29-30, 2023, we will explore the transformative power of compassion in a world marked by division. Learn more and register today at UpperRoom.org/resilience.

Lectionary Readings

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1 Comment

  • Jill Posted August 13, 2023 11:14 am

    When the Spirit is convicting – it is a grace where uncomfortability exists. Both/and. A welcome discomfort. “Search me and know my heart, O God. See if there be any wrong thing in me…” – from a Sara Groves song. I would go so far as to say if a person does not sense conviction when reading Scripture – something is outta whack. Not necessarily every time we read Scripture, but – we should experience that “double edged sword”.
    I think I may be turning the corner a bit. Last night following dinner, I felt sated. I slept better and have felt a bit more energetic this morning. Grateful to watch both of my churches’ services on line this morning. Also – getting into some more school work now that I know I will be starting the school year with my kids. I am grateful for this, even tho it puts off surgery. Although I was very much looking forward to NOT going to the 3 days of teacher meetings. Guess I’ll take the good with the bad…

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