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

From the first words, “This is my story . . . ,” we were drawn into the tale, as if those words were a cue for our brains to shift from the present reality into a place where we were feeling, smelling, and tasting the world of the story. Her eyes, voice, smile, hands, and posture conveyed countless pieces of nonverbal information. She chose her words carefully, like one would choose marbles from a glass jar. Silence itself was a chosen word-turned-paragraph. A gesture, frozen in midair, became an exclamation point. She was a dancer whose legs no longer moved well. She painted with colors we saw in our minds. She was a weaver of words, handing one a basket woven of thought. But when it was complete, the basket became ours.

—Ray Buckley, Dancing with Words: Storytelling as Legacy, Culture, and Faith (Discipleship Resources, 2004)

Today’s Question

What story from your life do you need to share with others? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

The Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to till it and keep it. And the Lord God commanded the man, “You may freely eat of every tree of the garden, but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall die.”

—Genesis 2:15-17 (NRSV)

Prayer for the Week

Holy God, help us as we sift through the memories of our lives. Guide us to ponder the power of storytelling and to use our stories to help others. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.
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  • Julie Posted September 4, 2023 9:47 am

    None that are good. My entire life has been marked by trauma and abuse. I share the stories of my life with my therapist. I also have a few trusted friends who know. But the public would be horrified. And even my close friends don’t know the truly atrocious things I have suffered.

    • Linda Posted September 6, 2023 7:11 am

      So very sad! How hard to understand why meanness and suffering is a monstrous part of some lives. I hope and pray that ugliness is no longer continuing and that some morsel of peace now exists. God bless you.

  • Jill Posted September 4, 2023 2:20 pm

    The story I will continue to share is God’s faithfulness in my life, through the mountaintops and the valleys. When I was not seeking Him and when I desperately cried out to Him. Not getting things I desired and receiving unknown blessings which were revealed much further down the road. I will share of His companioning me, His mercies and His grace. And, always, His peace. Thank You for the story You have ordained for me.
    Warm here today – so I got out early for a jog. When I got back, I pulled up all my flowers and got up on my roof and cleaned out my gutters. I then showered and went on an errand run. Two weeks until my surgery. And I need to be prepared for the worst case scenario. So, I stocked up on lots of meat – put it in my freezer in my garage, in case I am unable to drive and thus, grocery shop while I am on crutches.
    Since then, been lounging around with my birthday kittens. Labor Day is their birthday…just a guess, but I got them the end of October and they were estimated to be about 8 weeks. Watching the US Open and procrastinating in grading papers.
    Becky, Dad and Don arrived safely in Florida.

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