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

As we become aware of our fears, we can hand them over to God so that we can truly experience the grace God affords us. We can begin to live by faith, not by fear. The wonder of the Bethlehem journey is not only in the arrival; sometimes, the wonder can be revealed when we embrace the journey and decide to take a first step of faith, just like the shepherds. They had to be willing to leave behind their fears and their cares and step across the hills and valleys that were awaiting them on the way to Bethlehem. Our lives are no less fearful or arduous. We have our hills and valleys to navigate. But God has offered us the same good news: Come and see what God has done!

—Todd Outcalt, Let Us Go Now to Bethlehem: Daily Devotions for Advent and Christmas (Upper Room Books, 2020)

Today’s Question

What fears do you need to leave behind? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

The angel said, “Don’t be afraid! Look! I bring good news to you—wonderful, joyous news for all people.”
—Luke 2:10 (CEB)

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God, the One who has brought all things into existence, I welcome the expected and the unexpected love and lessons you will bring today.
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  • Jill Posted December 2, 2020 5:38 am

    Fear, to me, is a very strong word. I don’t know that I fear things. What I would say is that what some people would call “concerns” – I categorize these as things I am aware of. They are on my mind and can vary in levels of “awareness”. For sure, right near the top of the list – is how I will be able to care for dad as his health deteriorates. As well as how he continues to manage with being a widower during a pandemic. I must continue to check my awareness meter and return to the Throne Of Grace when I need to re-surrender these to God. This is necessary when I sense I am weighed down by these. I think there is an appropriate level of awareness, but there is also a line which gets crossed. As the song says…”I run to the Throne Room, I run to the Throne Room and I fall on my face…” another portion of it says…”grace upon grace, all my fears fall away, Your perfect love for me remains, oh time after time, You stay close by my side…”
    Ally, may you and David receive grace upon grace today. May David’s anxiousness be minimized by God’s comfort and presence and may your surgery go well.
    Yes, may we all wait in appropriate expectation, reverence and humility in this time of Advent.

  • robert moeller Posted December 2, 2020 6:20 am

    Having shared care for Mom with my sister I understand your concerns, Jill, for your Dad. Every person is different and what is needed can vary greatly. Your faith and skills as a teacher, home owner, plus your large circle of friends will carry you through, God is ever present.
    Prayers for Ally’s surgery and David’s anxiousness. Prayers for Marcy, Julie and Megan and the situations they face. News on how they are doing is a wish I have. May the vaccines be good, well tested, what is needed, and available soon. Follow science and medicine and do what is asked, it saves lives.
    Be patient, in our want it right now world, it is needed and life saving. Advent is 4 weeks, those awaiting the Messiah, 2,000 years ago had waited far longer. Thank You, Lord that we can celebrate and remember Your coming.

  • Julie Posted December 2, 2020 8:42 am

    Fear upon fear, oh yes I have them Lord. Another added yesterday and another today. I am weary and worn.
    Prayers for Jill and her concern for Larrry and I agree with Robert that you have many sources of help for ssuch a time.
    Prayers for Robert and I add my prayers to his regarding the vaccines and their efficacy as well as people’s willingness to receive tthem when they are made available.
    Prayers for Ally and David as well as for Ally’s doctor’s today. May God be with them all, may he direct the doctor’s hands and may he hold Ally and David in his arms.
    Robert, you asked how I am doing…I am not doing well in my soul as I continue to be battered by many stressful incidents. Thank you all for your prayers, they help

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