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 I think I have the answers, it is much harder for me to experience God’s presence. I’m not looking for God because I already have it figured out, or I at least think I do. But when there is no right answer, I am forced back into curiosity. Tension and paradox invite us into wonder and humility, which help us to be more receptive to God’s presence.

—Lauren Burdette, This Life That Is Ours: Motherhood as Spiritual Practice (Upper Room Books, 2019)

Today’s Question

What holy tensions are you holding? What is it like to bear these paradoxes?  [questions from This Life That Is Ours] Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

As God’s choice, holy and loved, put on compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.
—Colossians 3:12 (CEB)

Prayer for the Week

Dear God, may I see my moments of strength and my moments of weakness as invitations to draw more closely to you. Amen. [prayer adapted from from This Life That Is Ours]
Submit your prayer to The Upper Room.

Something More

While personal reflection is the most popular use of The Upper Room daily devotional, did you know there are many other ways to use it in your ministry? Here are eight of our favorite ways to encourage daily life with God in your congregation (and beyond) with The Upper Room. Read more here.

Lectionary Readings

(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)

Looking for lectionary-based resources? Learn more about The Upper Room Disciplines.


  • robert moeller Posted May 10, 2024 5:40 am

    Staying close to God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit guides me. Without them I’m on the wrong path.
    Thank You, Lord.
    The Upper Room is looking into my “awaiting moderation” issue again. I’m thankful for that.

    • Lou Posted May 10, 2024 10:04 pm

      Thankful that your posts have appeared Robert! You were with us each day even though we couldn’t see you! Thankful for your faithfulness. I went back and read many of your posts- amazed by your daily faith and dedication!

Add Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *