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

When we notice that longing, that desire to connect with Life, that yearning to live contemplatively, and when we find ourselves wanting to grow in prayer and live fully in touch with God, that means the divine Gardener is digging, loosening the soil. God is already there doing what needs to be done.

Instead of seizing the initiative in our life with God (which, remember, is our whole life), the first thing to do is simply realize that Someone is sneaking into the shed and getting the shovel. Someone is loosening the soil so that our roots can breathe. Someone is already applying life-giving nutrients.

—L. Roger Owens, Everyday Contemplative: The Way of Prayerful Living (Upper Room Books, 2022)

Today’s Question

How often do you notice that God is at work in you, digging and loosening the soil? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

[Jesus said,] “I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinegrower. He removes every branch in me that bears no fruit. Every branch that bears fruit he prunes to make it bear more fruit.”
—John 15:1-2 (NRSV)

Prayer for the Week

Nurturing God, tend our lives like a patient gardener. May our desire for you grow as your grace works the soil of our lives. Amen. Submit your prayer to The Upper Room.

Something More

The Upper Room will host a free live webinar on Tuesday, February 15, 2022, from 6:00-7:00 p.m. (CST) to introduce our Lenten offerings—a new book, Unrevealed Until Its Season, and its accompanying eCourse, Listening Through Lent. Join the conversation with author Rev. Dr. James C. Howell and Publisher Rev. Kimberly Orr as they talk about music, life, and Lent. Register here.

Lectionary Readings

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  • Jill Posted February 1, 2022 12:09 pm

    To me, this is most noticeable, when He is convicting me. There is no room for doubt, no question what He is up to. The door of the shed is swung wide open. Other times – when something tender tugs at my heart – a song, a memory, carefully chosen words of another – this, too, is evidence of His grace at work. I need to have eyes ready to receive these moments. And a heart open/softened to these and to sit with them. Also, I would say when opportunities arise to serve or aid another. My attention is arrested and I hope to act in swift obedience.
    A beautiful sky on the way in to work this morning – I call it cotton candy colors…the blues and pinks. It was a masterpiece for a few minutes. Now brilliant sun and warmer temps. I wish I had time for a walk after school – but my god son has a game, so I will be home long enough to eat and then head to the game.
    Praying Julie is safe and receiving the medical attention required.

  • robert moeller Posted February 2, 2022 4:43 am

    The urge to be on the worship team, read the whole Bible, attend Bible study and fellowship time, advocate for concerns, help where I can are where God is working. I ass my prayers for Julie.
    My post was lost when i tried to read earlier posts.

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