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

Stopping gives us time to renew our energy and to replenish our emotional and spiritual resources. It gives us time when we can gather ourselves together, relax, and become calmer within. It’s almost impossible to reflect thoughtfully on our lives when we are continually living at full speed. Before we realize it, we find ourselves operating on autopilot, going from one activity to another without much thought. In contrast, stopping for a while enables us to recognize more clearly those destructive patterns of living that push our lives beyond their God-given limits and then to make clear choices to live in a more healthy and life-giving way.

—Trevor Hudson, Questions God Asks Us (Upper Room Books, 2008)

Today’s Question

When was the last time you stopped to consider your God-given limits and to choose a healthier way to live? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

“Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.”
—Matthew 11:28 (NRSV)

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God, help me hear what you are asking of me.
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  • Jill Posted June 13, 2020 7:02 am

    I believe, in some way or another, life these past few months have caused us all to stop. Most of us probably questioned, but were we willing to sit in the space and wait and discern and find contentment? Find contentment – there I said it again. Maybe much easier for me to do, being single, independent, accustomed to a quiet life. I have to believe that my friend and her family have been blessed with the amount of time they have spent together as a family unit, at a much slower pace. Yet – were they content? Will healthier habits, a risen awareness come out of this time? I pray so.
    In another reading this morning, I came across a quote of Henri Nouwen – “A waiting person is a patient person. The word patience means the willingness to stay where we are and live the situation out to the full in the belief that something hidden there will manifest itself to us.” May I have the awareness and the willingness to wait, even long for, the manifestation.
    My PCP is to call me today with results from my bloodwork and tests. She said my lungs sounded clear and was fairly thorough in her exam. Yesterday was a picture perfect day for golf. So good to see my friend – he and his family are doing well. Dad and I ate outdoors at a restaurant near his house afterwards – before the dinner rush arrived.
    Thank you for your prayers. I, too, am praying – for all of our concerns here.

  • Julie Posted June 13, 2020 8:59 am

    I, like Jill, live a quiet life and I am introvert. I do not, however, spend enough time in reflection. At this current point in my life my thought revolve around my stressors. I know that if I gave my mind to the Lord on a regular basis it would benefit my mental and physical well being and even perhaps lead to a means to rectify my situation.
    Yesterday Megan and I spent the morning and early afternoon together getting haircuts and eating out. We dined outside both at breakfast and lunch and the weather was lovely, We went to a hair salon that I had seen on television. The news had interviewed the owner about the long closing and his business. His story moved me as he credited his success to the Lord. I met him yesterday and he was gracious and pointed out that his logo includes a refence to Psalm 90:17 at the end. He quoted it to me and he glowed with his belief.
    Prayers that Jill’s PCP is able to discern the reason for her GI issues and that relief may be forthcoming.
    Prayers for Ally and David and their continued recovery of function and strength and thier love.
    Prayers for Rick as he and his family continue to acclimate to thier new home. May LC continue to do well.
    Prayers that Marcy is receiving healthcare and Lucy is receiving vet care and both are recovering.
    Prayers for April and her wonderful and uplifting testimonies and words of faith.
    Prayers, thank you and good health dear UR one and all

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