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

Often, older people make fun of young idealists—or the dreams of their younger selves. They imply that relinquishing big visions is a good, mature thing to do. I believe that the most essential work we have to do in this world is to marry the hope and vision of youth with our failures. This work allows us to become who we are meant to be. It releases a wiser, stronger power in us that will sustain us for the long haul. We cannot tap this power if we do not face and share our failures.

—Dee Dee Risher, The Soulmaking Room (Upper Room Books, 2016)

Today’s Question

What do you learn from those who are younger or older than you about hope and vision in the face of failure? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

Beloved, I do not consider that I have made it my own; but this one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the heavenly call of God in Christ Jesus.
—Philippians 3:13-14 (NRSV)

Prayer for the Week

Creator God, I give this day over to you and to the mystery of faith. I commit space and time in this very day for soul work. Amen.
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Lectionary Readings

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  • Jill Posted August 24, 2023 7:59 am

    I learn perseverance, discernment and appropriating wisdom. How foolish would I be if I did not learn from the mistakes I observe others making? I also have learned the necessity of disciplined Scripture reading, prayer time and care for others.
    School begins for the students today. The past few days were very busy with meetings and tasks. Now the rewarding part begins.
    I can’t remember if I shared last week that I will be attending GriefShare with one of my tennis teammates. She lost her mom in May of 2022 and is still struggling quite a bit with it. It began last night – but she was not able to attend. There was deep sorrow in that room. With it being on Wednesday evenings, I will not be able to take part with my small group until mid-November. A very good sacrifice to make to accompany her to these sessions. I’m sure I will benefit as well – in ways that will help me as I become an end of life doula.

  • Ally Posted August 24, 2023 9:07 am

    Yesterday, I watched an interview with a woman who founded an organization to encourage young adults to engage with their communities and be agents of change. I myself have encountered young people with big dreams and visions. From them, I try to learn that I can make a difference in my church, in my community, in my world, and to not be cynical. From those who are older, I hope I have learned some wisdom and how to be resilient.
    Tuesday was a rough day at work. I was sad when i came home because it was the first time since 2008 that I came home after a bad day and Lewis wasn’t here to give the best hugs. Monday wasn5 months since we said goodbye.
    Jill, prayers as you give support to your friend who lost her mom. Prayers as you prepare for surgery as well. Love to all in this sacred space.

  • Julie Posted August 24, 2023 9:27 am

    Perseverence and resilience are lessons I learned from both age groups. Your failures do not define you. There is always time to correct course, no matter how painful.

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