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

I find spaciousness within experiences that remind me that I am cared for and not alone, and when I can see that what I give my children is meaningful. Open space helps me to come home to myself. And then I can experience the reality of being held by God—God’s loving presence becomes an embodied knowing instead of just words. When I can hold onto that sense of God with me and me with God, I experience a spaciousness that feels like a fresh breeze dancing through the windows.

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

Today’s Question

How do you foster spaciousness in your days? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

The Lord is my shepherd.
I lack nothing.
He lets me rest in grassy meadows;
he leads me to restful waters;
he keeps me alive.

—Psalm 23:1-3a (CEB)

Prayer for the Week

May I see my moments of strength and my moments of weakness as invitations to draw closer to you.
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  • robert moeller Posted May 5, 2021 8:06 am

    Bible study, worship, Bible reading, walking, dramas on the internet, and my hobby foster spaciousness in my days. Back to my more usual posting time. There was a time when I posted before breakfast and work. Those days have been gone since 2007, but I’m still a morning person.
    I very much enjoyed reading today’s reflection, it somehow seemed very ap·ro·pos!

  • Julie Posted May 5, 2021 8:41 am

    I , unlike Robert, was perplexed by today’s reading. I am unsure as to what the author means by “spaciousness” and therefore have no answer. I have some of the same habits as Robert but I’m not sure this is what the author was ultmately meaning.
    Prayers for Robert and Erich as they work on their relationship, the cooperation alone is a step forward.
    Prayer for Ally’s job search and David’s health. Prayers for Lou’s son and youngest daughter and Lou’s travel safety. Prayers for Jill and Larry and their continued relationship supporting their love for one another and the game of golf.
    Prayers for Marcy who I was unable to reach this weekend again, may she be well.
    Prayers for the UR

  • Ally Posted May 5, 2021 1:31 pm

    There is a 4-H camp close to the town where we live called Rock Eagle. It has a small lake, nature trails, a lovely chapel. It is named for an effigy of an eagle built of rocks left by the Indigenous people who resided here. It is close enough to go often. I always feel at peace when I visit. My favorite place of peace and rest is the church camp where I spent many happy days as a child and young adult. I was baptized there and a visit refreshes my spirit and helps me to remember my baptism. I feel very close to God in the midst of the beauty of God’s creation.
    David has 2 Dr. appointments this week. Please pray for good reports. Pray also for me, as I’ve been dealing with chronic fatigue-like symptoms this week. Tomorrow is 6 months since I had a heart cath and got a stent. I’m praying this is not cardiac-related.
    Robert, today’s entry resonated with me as well. Though I am not the mom of human kids, I relate to things like being hesitant to ask for help. Julie, thank you for your prayers. Praying for you and Megan. Praying also for Marcy, that she is well. Lifting up Jill, Larry, Lou, and her daughters. A year ago today, I was able to spend time with David for the first time in over a month when I went for family day at his rehab hospital. I’m still awed and humbled by this miracle. Thanks to my UR family for traveling the journey with us. Blessings to all.

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