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 you read of the vast accommodations of God’s mansion, what kind of a household does your imagination build? What kind of people live there, and how do they make out of a household, a home; out of many, a family? How many extensions have been built; or has it always been, like the embrace of God, infinite, standing ready to receive every orphan into a family broader and deeper than creation, as broad and high and deep and enduring as love itself?

—Rosalind C. Hughes, A Family Like Mine: Biblical Stories of Love, Loss, and Longing (Upper Room Books, 2020)

Today’s Question

Spend some time reflecting on one question from today’s quote. Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

In my Father’s house there are many dwelling places. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you?
—John 14:2 (NRSV)

Prayer for the Week

How infinite is your embrace, O God. How broad and high and deep and enduring is your love.
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Something More

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Lectionary Readings

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  • Jill Posted November 16, 2020 5:47 am

    I love the part of the question which speaks of the infinite embrace of God – always ready, always receptive. I imagine it as tender, yet strong…like my dad’s hugs. Welcoming and protecting. I miss human hugs right now.
    I had a long phone conversation with my friend who walked beside me when I was diagnosed, she having the same diagnosis. It had been many months since we had spoken. Strangely enough, I was thinking of her in the morning and then received a text from her late in the afternoon. She suffers so much more than I, so much more than she lets on to most people. At the end of our conversation she apologized for complaining. I wouldn’t say anything she shared was complaining. But she says so few people can actually get it, but she thinks I do. I believe that to be true to an extent. I wonder if and when my struggle will reach her level and continue to note how positive she is and others oriented. She has asked me a few times about my doctor…she knows how confident I am in her. I think she is reluctant to switch, but sees how much my treatment is helping me.
    It was good to spend the afternoon with dad yesterday. He is feeling well and I am grateful.

  • robert moeller Posted November 16, 2020 6:08 am

    I have a hard time imagining heaven beyond what Jesus says. While I hope I have family there and hope I will one day be there, it is all in Jesus’ hands. Without Jesus’ the idea of entering is impossible.
    Prayers for Jill, her friend and Dad, Julie and Megan, David and Ally. Prayers and this hymn by Charles Wesley, A Charge to Keep I Have https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1M-64OwBK1Ef or Marcy. Thank You, Lord.

  • Julie Posted November 16, 2020 8:39 am

    Right now an embrace from God would be most welcome as I, too, miss human hugs. I would like to think that my family is there to embrace me and welcome me as well. This is the thought that keeps me slogging through this horror of a life.
    Prayers for Jill and Larry, as well as her friend. May all continue to do well and also support one another.
    Prayers for Robert and thank you for the link to the hymn. May you and your family stay safe during the holidays.
    Prayers for Marcy, may she check in with me soon and may she be recovered from her illness.
    Prayers for Ally and David as both continue to battle long term health issues may they feel God’s hand upon them.
    Prayers for Lou and her family, may they also be safe and well during the holidays.

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