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 am reminded of how quickly life can change. Life can go from brilliant to brutal in the blink of an eye: devastating diagnosis, the death of a loved one, a dreadful accident. As I pull a beach towel over my head to shelter myself from the rain that has begun to fall, I glance up to see a line of birds on the rooftop of a nearby cottage, facing the wind. I remember what someone once told me: Birds often face the wind during a storm to reduce their resistance to it. Once safety inside my cottage, I begin to wonder. Am I faithful enough to face my own mortality? Am I courageous enough to stare squarely into the uncertainty of my later years–the physical challenges, the loss of loved ones, the diminished independence? After the storm passes, I step outside to take in the splendor of a rainbow and the heavenly scent that follows the rain. The chirping birds soar above the ocean and a grin begins to stretch across my face.

—Missy Buchanan, Beach Calling: A Devotional Journal for the Middle Years and Beyond (Upper Room Books, 2019)

Today’s Question

On dark and rainy days, what makes you smile? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

Stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong.
—1 Corinthians 16:13 (NIV)

Prayer for the Week

Like the waves of the ocean rolling onto the sand, may God’s glorious grace, rush into my heart and soul, again and again.
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Something More

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  • Gail Posted June 7, 2023 7:30 am

    The view of the back yard and adjacent properties from my back porch (actually a room with sliding doors on 3 sides) makes me smile. It changes but is always fascinating. The image of birds looking into the wind is priceless.

  • robert moeller Posted June 7, 2023 4:42 pm

    You’ll laugh when you read this. I’m glad there’s no bright sunshine! Yes, I know we need it, but I’m not a fan of hot and bright. There are cool days when I appreciate the sun’s warmth.
    I’m also not much of a beach person, especially on hot sunny days.
    Thankful that God made all kinds of weather, everyone has their days! Thank You, Lord.

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