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

Acts of hospitality—giving or receiving—alter our lives forever. When we give our lives over to God and to the mystery of faith, we commit to building a room—right onto our own house, up against the sky. When any of us embark in earnest on a spiritual journey, we commit to the same. No pilgrimage is sustained without the creation of a holy room. Yet, creating such a space is extraordinarily difficult.
In lives ridden with responsibilities, the tasks of daily maintenance, and the inertia of the ordinary, finding a creative and open place for soul work is not easy.

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

Today’s Question

What “holy room” helps you engage in soul work? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

One day Elisha was passing through Shunem, where a wealthy woman lived, who urged him to have a meal. So whenever he passed that way, he would stop there for a meal. She said to her husband, “Look, I am sure that this man who regularly passes our way is a holy man of God. Let us make a small roof chamber with walls, and put there for him a bed, a table, a chair, and a lamp, so that he can stay there whenever he comes to us.”
—2 Kings 4:8-10 (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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  • robert moeller Posted August 21, 2023 6:32 am

    In my understanding of these two terms, “holy room” and “soul work,” I think I am at best marginally involved.
    Wish the situation was better, but there is stiff resistance. QT, Bible/book study, and worship are my “holy room.”
    Anticipation and preparation fill me with joy as September approaches. I’m hopeful our new pastor and this congregation are a good fit.
    A new week, hints of fall, prayers for those facing tropical storm Hilary and the fires on Maui.
    Thank You, Lord

  • Jill Posted August 21, 2023 8:44 am

    My holy room is my blue room, where I used to do my morning time in my blue chair. But for the last 14 months – I have had to lie on the floor, because I cannot sit without discomfort. I long to be back in my chair – and hope my upcoming surgery will help me with this. I am also fiddling with the idea of making my extra bedroom my new “holy room”. I cleaned it all up and cleared out a lot of stuff – when I thought my friend would be moving in. I have kept it de-cluttered and moved a chair and lamp up there. We will have to see how this plays out.
    Teachers meetings these upcoming three days, with students arriving Thursday. I just got the schedule of “class meetings” for Thursday, and thankfully none of them will interfere with my class schedule. A bit of luck there – grateful for it.

  • Julie Posted August 21, 2023 9:40 am

    All of the actual rooms of my house are used for a specific purpose. We had 2 “extra rooms” one was an office and the other was a guest bedroom but they are both h’s now. So my “room” would have to be figurative and would be time spent in Bible Study, church, and fellowship.

  • Ally Posted August 21, 2023 5:46 pm

    Had to ponder on this one. Maybe a “holy room” is the same as “sacred space “. My sacred space is my corner of the sofa in the early morning, when all is quiet and peaceful. I use prayer, scripture , and UR and its ministries and resources to grow my spirit.

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