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

Living a life of faith is, in a sense, being pregnant, agreeing to be a vessel for the Spirit, a partner in the creation of new life. Our spiritual pregnancy might cause us to glow with well-being, but it will also cause us to suffer as we come to grips with the things our faith asks of us that are hard, messy, and even risky. And it can be uncomfortably public. It will not be fun all the time. And at times we will feel that we are doing all the heavy lifting and wish we could just take a day off.

—Melissa Tidwell, Embodied Light: Advent Reflections on the Incarnation (Upper Room Books, 2013)

Today’s Question

What song or hymn could you sing to God a way of saying yes to a task God has given you? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

[Mary said][God] shows mercy to everyone,

from one generation to the next,

who honors him as God.
—Luke 1:50 (CEB)

Prayer for the Week

Light of the world, who made all things, speak me
afresh that I might not only hear your word and receive
your essence, but also embody the word you have spoken
in me. Amen.
Prayer by Melissa Tidwell
Submit your prayer to The Upper Room.

Something More

For many people, this time of year is not always merry and bright. Whether they have recently suffered a loss or the season simply brings up old wounds, almost everyone has moments of darkness and sorrow during Christmastime. Join us in praying for those in need or share your own prayer request at The Upper Room Prayer Wall.

Lectionary Readings

(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)

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  • robert moeller Posted December 24, 2022 5:58 am

    Blessed Assurance. Knowing God is with me I’ll be able to complete the task.
    Merry Christmas! Christ the Savior is born! Emanuel, the Messiah, is here. Thank You, Lord.
    Christmas blessings to all.I’ll post more later this morning.

  • Julie Posted December 24, 2022 9:47 am

    I really don’t know.
    Megan brought the dog home yesterday. I have not interacted with it at all and do not wish to either. The cats are curious and enjoy observing it while it is in its pen. It is a balmy 3 degrees now after yesterday’s minus 5. The windchills persist being well below zero. Megan and I need to go to Walmart which I dread for many reasons including the cold and wind.
    Blessings for a wondrous Christmas eve to all.

  • Ally Posted December 24, 2022 12:20 pm

    Here I Am is one of my favorites:
    Here I Am, Lord, Is it I Lord,
    I have heard You calling in the night;
    I will go Lord, if You lead me
    I will hold Your people in my heart.
    It was a balmy 12 here in middle Georgia at 8:30. Frozen condensation on the windows. Highly unusual in these parts. Did some baking yesterday and going to do more today. Will be a quiet evening here. We may attend the Christmas Eve service at our church.
    I hope everyone enjoys their Christmas Eve. Love to all.

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