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

Creativity and prayer allow us to see the truth about ourselves. Whether painting or praying, I learn about myself and areas of my life that need God’s healing. Painting offers guidance and helps to heal the hurts of the past, in much the same way prayer does. Through an unending process of self-discovery, creativity and prayer move us into wholeness. They afford an encounter with self-knowledge and lead to the joyful truth of our existence.

—Karla M. Kincannon, Creativity and Divine Surprise: Finding the Place of Your Resurrection (Upper Room Books, 2005)

Today’s Question

When have creativity and prayer provided you a pathway for healing? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

Heal me, O LORD, and I will be healed; save me, and I will be saved; for you are the one I praise.

—Jeremiah 17:14 (NIV)

Prayer for the Week

Creator God,
Help me discover my God-given creativity and find the sacred in each God-given moment.
Submit your prayer to The Upper Room.

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  • Julie Posted September 2, 2021 8:33 am

    Prayer has certainly led to healing, but creativity not so much.
    H acting stangely this morning. He came downstaairs and went to the basement, then came back up to the kitchen and walked around me to gaze out the back door for a while. He is odd and he unnerves me. He went back upstairs then came down and went to the basement and finally left. I always breathe easier whn he is not in the house. He frightens me and I think that is why he stood there…to put me on edge.
    Prayers for Ally’s and David’s health and finances, for Jill and her students and their safety from Covid, for Lou’s daughter’s mental health, and for Robert’s and Erich’s healing through counselling. Prayers for Marti and her staff. Thank you for your prayers and may God bless all who visit here.

  • Jill Posted September 2, 2021 6:08 pm

    Prayer keeps me in communication with God – the source of all healing. I am open to the Spirit’s leading, asking for discernment, trying to be cognizant and intentional in my words and actions.
    It is just a most pleasant thing to be back in the classroom with such wonderful students. I don’t take my wonderful students for granted, not for a second. It was the second day of school and there already was a fight between two girls. It was during class change, and suddenly a roar went up and you could just tell kids were all flocking to the area where the fight was. My building is 3 floors and in the “commons area” – the top two floors overlook the space. No doubt the railings were lined with students hooting and hollering. I saw one of the assistant principal’s after school and she said she jumped into the fray because the one girl was getting kicked in the head. Some of the behavior is just ludicrous.
    The humidity is gone, it seems we are headed towards Fall – and Roger and I like it. Windows are up and he is going from one to the next.
    I am tired – a good tired – following today. Feet a little bit sore. But grateful, despite having the mask on, that my voice and throat are doing well. Tomorrow is spirit day – teachers dress casually and wear school colors. My feet will be happy to be in sneakers.
    I checked with my former student who has covid. She said she is still taking it easy, but that she did feel better today than yesterday.

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