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

Spiritual discipline is the work we are called to as disciples of Christ. Spiritual discipline is not the means by which we get God’s attention. God is all eyes and ears for us long before we learn how to respond. Nor is spiritual discipline the work we do to make ourselves grow. Only God brings about transformation and spiritual growth. Spiritual discipline is the sacred path that puts us in a posture of receptivity. It prepares our thirsty soul for the living God.

God is constantly revealing things to us and inviting us to explore facets of ourselves and our faith that will inspire stronger discipleship. Spiritual discipline leads us to offer a holy “yes” to what God is offering. God has paved and prepared the path ahead. All we need do is walk on it.

—Marsha Crockett, “The Path of Discipline,” in Speak, My Soul: Listening to the Divine with Holy Purpose (Upper Room Books, 2024)

Today’s Question

How have the spiritual disciplines brought life and deepened your desire for God? [question from Speak, My Soul] Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

O God, you are my God; I seek you;
my soul thirsts for you;
my flesh faints for you,
as in a dry and weary land where there is no water.
—Psalm 63:1 (NRSVUE)

Prayer for the Week

Dear God, stay with me. Help me still my mind so that I can hear you speak within my soul. Amen.
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Something More

In Speak, My Soul, spiritual guide Marsha Crockett points us to seven inner pathways to help us slow down, listen, and draw closer to God. Explore the sacred paths of discernment, discipline, abiding, wilderness, identity, community, and contemplation in this practical and inspiring new resource. Learn more here.

Lectionary Readings

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  • robert moeller Posted May 1, 2024 6:20 am

    I continue to believe Jesus Christ is the begotten Son of God. I believe Jesus has the power to lay Himself down for us and to rise up again. Accept the precious gift God has given us and live. Thank You, Lord.

  • Jill Posted May 1, 2024 2:04 pm

    Spiritual disciplines allow me to grow deeper into what God has planned for me, His path forward, His transformative work in my life. I hold loosely to things and allow Him to have His way. Prayer is about changing me, not Him, not others. Bible reading is nourishment for sustainment. Stillness is about shutting out the world and stepping into His realm.
    I am grateful it is May, as now – some things will slow down…the things which held a lot of sway in April. Things will also pick up as tennis season begins in two weeks. Plus, my training course begins the end of this month. More things to look forward to, as well as getting out in my flower beds
    My students took the first part of their exam today – I am anxious to hear their comments. I get to see it tomorrow afternoon. They take the second part tomorrow morning. My workload is now significantly reduced, and I am grateful.
    I met with my spiritual director yesterday – and she is so good. Helped me sort through my discouragement and frustration with my lack of progress following surgery. I am so glad I was pointed to her about 2 years ago. She holds space with me so well.

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