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

Human beings live in story like fish live in water. We literally experience our lives as a narrative—not as a series of random events but as a sequence of connected occasions and experiences stitched together in narrative form. In this way, our experiences take on coherence and meaning.We learn to understand the world, other people, and God through a narrative lens. We also live surrounded by God like the very air we breathe, often invisible to us but absolutely necessary for life.

—Michael E. Williams, Spoken into Being: Divine Encounters Through Story (Upper Room Books, 2017)

Today’s Question

In today’s reflection Michael E. Williams writes, “We also live surrounded by God like the very air we breathe.” What do you think about that statement? Does the idea of God surrounding you fill you with wonder or fear? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth.
—Psalm 145:18 (NRSV)

Prayer for the Week

Gracious God, thank you for being the original author of the greatest story ever told. Guide us as we learn to tell our own stories and discover how they connect with your story and with the story of humanity. Amen.
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  • robert moeller Posted November 7, 2023 5:27 am

    For me there is a mix of wonder and fear (respect) knowing God is ever present. God has been with me all my life, in all situations, good and bad, joy and sorrow. That’s amazing, but also embarrassing. God knows me better than I know myself. Through thick and thin, ever loving, guiding, helping me repent , be forgiven and helping me give thanks for the many blessings . Thank You, Lord.

  • Julie Posted November 7, 2023 9:41 am

    Wonder, I am filled with wonder that God is everywhere at all times. He surrounds every believer. That helps me envision his being infinite. It is also comforting. Especially now as I am struggling under massive responsibilities.

  • Jill Posted November 7, 2023 1:58 pm

    Both wonder and fear. Wonder as to how I can be graced with this truth. Fear – as in proper reverence and awe for this Creator God, my Heavenly Father – desiring relationship with me. Companioning me in each moment. Tugging at my heart, for His good pleasure and honor. Having a proper grasp of this, asking Him to further enhance it and solidify it in me – draws me closer to Him and puts transformation on His timeline, not mine.
    Teacher meetings today, as buildings are being used for voting – so students have the day off. Sunshine out during lunch – so I went for a walk. Wasn’t sure it would be out after school.
    PT last night was challenging, but I am glad my therapist is pushing me. One of the exercises she had me do – I felt unsafe, not trusting my repaired side. I think this was ok too…there are some things which my body will need to re-learn and gain confidence in. She said maybe next week, but if not – surely the following week – she will have me on the treadmill for more than a walk…moving towards a light jog.
    Becky, Don and dad are returning home Thursday evening. Dad’s shoulder has been bothering him quite a bit. His physical therapist suspects a tear or 2 in the rotator cuff. But, due to his pacemaker – he can’t have an MRI. At his age, I am not sure he will get an operation. But, he is discouraged by his limitations and pain. He has an appointment with an orthopedic back here next week.

  • Ally Posted November 7, 2023 3:56 pm

    As a person who loves to hear others’ stories, this weeks readings resonate with me. I love the story of Mary and Elizabeth and how God used each woman to bless and help the other as they prepared for their miraculous babies: the foreteller of Messiah and Messiah Himself.
    As to today’s question: I think of a song with a line that says, “all I need is the air that I breathe”. God is all we need, but it’s hard not to desire other things at times. The idea of being surround led by God like the air we breathe feels like a hug from the Lord. It doesn’t fill me with fear, but reminds me of Psalm 39:

    Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast. even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you.
    Please pray with us for our search for a car. We have found one we want to buy and are waiting to hear from the bank about a loan. It is hard to wait and be patient. I heard God’s voice in Today’s UR devotional , and in everyone’s comments today. Great blessing in this season waiting. Blessings to all who visit here.

    • Ally Posted November 7, 2023 3:58 pm

      Psalm 139. Sorry for typo. Psalm 40 speaks today as well.

  • Rusty Posted November 7, 2023 7:38 pm

    Thank you all for your posts today. This community’s insights are such a blessing. God’s voice, indeed.

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