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

Many people live a clean, upright Christian life, following the rules, never missing church, and believing that they are blessed because of appropriate behavior. . . . Then some event or experience shatters their worldview: a death in the family, a divorce, being fired, getting sick, experiencing clinical depression, having a child that makes destructive choices, falling in love with someone outside of the faith, coming out about sexuality, or some other cataclysm.

In the middle of the chaos, these “good” and richly blessed people often realize the complete inadequacy of their former vision of God, themselves, their church, and their world. . . . Compassion and solidarity with others who suffer in the same way they suffer comes to the fore, even if the others are not the “right” religion or have made poor moral choices. As the illusion of control over their own lives falls away, they open to the mystery of a God who is more present, more merciful, and more vulnerable than they ever imagined.

—Elaine A. Heath, God Unbound: Wisdom from Galatians for the Anxious Church (Upper Room Books, 2016)

Today’s Question

What experiences have broadened your view of God? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

[Jesus said,] “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.”
—Matthew 5:6 (NRSV)

Prayer for the Week

Holy God, thank you for the many expressions of church that are available to us today. Help us to remember that we are your beloved children. Guide us to love one another and to remain faithful to you through prayer and other spiritual practices. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.
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  • robert moeller Posted October 21, 2023 7:23 am

    A careful study of scripture led me to a wider understanding of God’s love, how it is given to all, believers and nonbelievers. It is inclusive. It shuns no one. God hopes, wants all to be saved and sent Jesus to make that possible. Thank You, Lord.
    A rainy day and weekend. Temps in the 50s.
    Worship tomorrow.. Thank you Julie and Jill for your posts yesterday.

  • Julie Posted October 21, 2023 8:47 am

    The pain of the abuse and trauma I have experienced throughout my entire life. When I finallay recogniized and addressed that truth my view and understanding of God grew. Also throughout severe ilness and pain and suffering.

  • Jill Posted October 21, 2023 2:44 pm

    The first paragraph was very much my mom. Unfortunately, she never made it through the second paragraph and died very bitter and disappointed in God.
    I’m not sure why I was graced with the ability to rise above that…God surrounded me with people who spoke truth to me and held me up. I continue to see the goodness of God in all circumstances and my faith roots deepen. I am so grateful.
    Saw my hospice patient today and he wasn’t feeling very well. At my last visit I offered to bring him something this time and he requested wings. I was with him for 2 hours, but he hadn’t eaten them when I left. I hope he will be able to enjoy them at some point.
    I have a banquet to attend this evening. Not really what I want to do – but I committed to doing it. Hoping I can make an early exit.

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