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

God tries several times to meet the Israelites in the midst of their confusion, employing various methods to address their behavior. God berates and disciplines, encourages and reasons. But by Numbers 15:37, God employs a different tactic. Moses is to instruct the Israelites to “make fringes on the corners of their garments.” Really? Fringe? What difference will that make?

—Kristen E. Vincent, A Bead and a Prayer: A Beginner’s Guide to Protestant Prayer Beads (Upper Room Books, 2013)

Today’s Question

When has some unlikely item reminded you of God’s presence with you? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

The Lord said to Moses, “Speak to the Israelites, and tell them to make fringes on the corners of their garments throughout their generations and to put a blue cord on the fringe at each corner. You have the fringe so that, when you see it, you will remember all the commandments of the Lord and do them. … So you shall remember and do all my commandments, and you shall be holy to your God.”
—Numbers 15:37-40 (NRSV)

Prayer for the Week

The Lord bless you and keep you;
the Lord make his face to shine upon you,
and be gracious to you;
the Lord lift up his countenance upon you,
and give you peace. (Numbers 6:24-26, NRSV)
Submit your prayer to The Upper Room.

Something More

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Lectionary Readings

(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)

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  • robert moeller Posted November 5, 2022 5:44 am

    Have to think about today’s question. Even the Israelites had to remember what the fringe and blue cord was supposed to help them remember.
    It has been a busy but productive week, had a nice walk at Tin Mountain with friends and new acquaintances yesterday. More of this unusually warm for this time of year weather. Possibly the last time we change clocks if Congress agrees. Remembering Native Americans this Sunday in worship, Prayers for God’s wisdom as we vote. Have to remember the government we often complain about is what we voted into office. It’s on us, we, the people. Prayers for Lou, Rick, Scott, April, Ally&David, Jill, Julie, and those who visit and have visited NEM. Thankful that God is with us always, before, during, an after life as we know it. It’s an amazing truth.

  • Julie Posted November 5, 2022 8:51 am

    Sunrise, my kitties, my daughter all remind me of God and his blessings.
    I had blood work done yesterday and last night my doctor’s office kept calling to tell me to go to the hospital. I was in bed already. I am not following their directives because I have been down this road before. My PCP tells them to release me as this is my normal sodium level. Also giving me fluids blows me up like the staypuff marshmellow man and so they take me off the fluids. So I end up sicker than they think I am now.
    Prayers for Ally, David, Jill, Lou and Robert.

  • April Posted November 5, 2022 10:23 am

    Good Morning NEM family. It has been a year since our lives did a 180 change. Through each of these 365 days I have felt God walking with us. Often it is when another person has said something, a test result has come back “normal”, or a devotional/reading just at the right time. After one of these “things” happen, I am getting used to realizing that it was a God Wink.
    I am also working on developing our medical team, learning who to trust, who to question, when to rely on my own gut instinct before consulting others or reconsulting. As medicine is not perfect, there are gray areas and that is often when God Winks come in. I can’t count the number of times the prayers of my NEM family have been right on, thank you.
    I have been reading/thinking more of Holy Spirit, including not using “the” Holy Spirit, just as I don’t say “the” God or “the” Jesus. Holy Spirit is a “person” of the Holy Trinity with so many gifts to offer….strength, comfort, instruction, etc. I am starting to connect more with Holy Spirit in my prayers and I feel this is lessening my stress and connecting with another companion on this walk of life.
    I lift up each of you to our Lord to bless you and hold you close, no matter what trial you are facing. Lou with the passing of your brother and health of your Mother. Robert with relationship with Enrich and passion for your church, government, future. Jill with teaching and now finding joy with your new kitties. Julie with stress of h and now medical concerns. Ally and David as you care for your little furbabies and your own health concerns. All past posters to NEM and those in the choir lofts, we are each beloved children of God and He cares for us.
    For me, November is the month of dedicated giving thanks for all that He provides. I try to pause daily and offer thanks for one special thing. I also journal and look back to see the gifts He has provided every day. If ever I am so tired to think of something “new”, I thank Him for the breath I am taking now, knowing that He provided it to me.
    Blessings and love to all.

  • Jill Posted November 5, 2022 3:31 pm

    This question has me stumped.
    Such a warm, sunshiny day today. I can’t get over this nice weather in November. Shorts on while running errands this afternoon. I returned my sister’s houseplants – so the kittens won’t get into them. My sister, Don and dad will be home on November 17. She will have to find a new caretaker for her plants come January.
    Grilling out dinner and watching football. The kittens had a visitor this morning, and are sleeping under the recliner. They are mostly attached at the hip…which I love.
    Do take care of yourself, Julie. Good to hear from you April. We’ll keep praying.

  • Ally Posted November 5, 2022 5:21 pm

    I have a name tag from my days as a church camp counselor in the 70s and 80s. It is shrink art and I made it in the craft hut. It has my name on it and it is decorated with flowers. It reminds me of all the times I felt the presence of the Lord at camp. It is also a reminder that God met that awkward, shy teenager and introduced her to young believers who accepted her as she was. It is a reminder of being in a place where it was ok to ask questions and have doubts. Praise God, He helped me forward to a mature faith. I still have days when I question. Thanks be to God for His grace, which enables me to, even in my doubts, to choose Christ.
    Today’s UR devotional was especially meaningful to me, as I sometimes want to give up. I have even asked God to take me home. God gives me the grace needed to keep going and not give up each day. Sometimes every minute.
    Thanks to you all for the insight you bring to this forum and for your prayers. It is an honor to lift you up as well and to share in your joys and concerns. This week’s prayer from Numbers was the United Methodist Youth Fellowship benediction when I was a youth. We closed each meeting with it and each worship/devotional/ group session at camp with it as well. Beautiful memories.

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