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

Our primordial encounters with God precede our later articulation of what God means to us. Before we could use language, before we even knew what language was, a Loving Presence brought us into existence from our mother’s womb. Surrounded by petitions for divine aid, vows of praise, and poignantly expressed despair, the psalmist smuggles in this dash of retrospective awe when he says, “Since my mother bore me you have been my God.” The same is true for us. We can also retrieve these memories of God in our first moments, before our first moments, and use them as a defense against environmental and social harms, as a source of devotion that undergirds our connection to our Creator and to our self.

—Gabby Cudjoe-Wilkes and Andrew Wilkes, Psalms for Black Lives: Reflections for the Work of Liberation (Upper Room Books, 2022)

Today’s Question

When have you felt that God was far away from you? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?
Why are you so far from helping me, from the words of my groaning? . . .
But you, O Lord, do not be far away!
O my help, come quickly to my aid!
—Psalm 22:1, 19 (NRSVUE)

Prayer for the Week

Gracious God of Liberation, free us from our enemies. And when we are the enemies, transform us from oppressing others into removing the yoke from their necks and practicing freedom. In Christ’s name, Amen. —Prayer from Psalms for Black Lives by Gabby Cudjoe-Wilkes and Andrew Wilkes
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Something More

This week’s featured book, Psalms for Black Lives, is now available in audiobook. Listen, pray, and develop a justice imagination. Learn more here.

Lectionary Readings

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  • Julie Posted February 8, 2024 9:33 am

    When I was struggling with Reynaud’s, prior to diagnosis. I spent every winter with fingers and toes covered in gangrene, suffering from debilitating pain. Every year as the temperatures climbed and the gangrene fell away, I was left with fingers and toes that had bones protruding. The gangrene literally ate the flesh from my bones.
    I pray that God is with me in the coming months as I care for h. I pray for God’s strength and guidance as I enter this unknown.

  • Rusty Posted February 8, 2024 8:30 pm

    Julie, your experience with Renaud’s sounds terrifying and awful! I can’t imagine. The faith you have in God is an inspiration for us. May he carry you through the uncertainty you foresee with H and provide you and H comfort

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