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

My voice faded out as the singing continued around me. . . . Unwanted tears forced their way out. The words of the song spoke of giving to Jesus our “tears and sadness” and our “years of pain.”

Jesus came to bind up the brokenhearted, to comfort those who mourn, and to restore their joy. Grief is a natural response to loss, and though the loss does not go away, I have the wonderful comfort of knowing that Jesus is with me and wants to help bear my sorrow. Not one of our tears falls without his knowing and caring.

—Norma Dawson, “A Record of Tears,” Light of Lights: Advent Devotions from The Upper Room Daily Devotional Guide, compiled and edited by Robin Pippin (Upper Room Books, 2014)

Today’s Question

When have you released to Jesus some sadness or pain? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

You know how troubled I am;
you have kept a record of my tears.
—Psalm 56:8 (GNT)

Prayer for the Week

O God, during this season give us eyes to see all around us signs of Christ’s love breaking into the world. Amen. —Prayer by Diane Luton Blum
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Something More

Christmastime is not always merry and bright. Whether grieving a recent loss or feeling the sting of an old wound, many people have moments of darkness and sorrow during this season. Join us in praying for those who are hurting or share your own prayer request at The Upper Room Prayer Wall.

Lectionary Readings

(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)

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  • robert moeller Posted December 22, 2023 5:40 am

    At and for some time after the passing of my parents, aunts and uncles, and especially my wife. I’m thankful for the reassuring comfort received from the Lord. “My peace I give to you.” Thank You, Lord.
    In the teens now, heading up to 32. A long circuitous route to the ski area today due to a washout on the road near Crawford Notch. It should be breathtaking traveling over mountains and through valleys. It’s the last chance to ski until the New Year.
    Advent is coming to the patiently waited for blessed arrival of our Lord and Savior, thank You, Lord.
    Two services on Christmas Eve with Communion , lessons, and carols.
    Advent joy and blessings to all. Thankful for Jill’s successful surgery and a lengthy recovery period.
    Julie, I find the tasks we need to do, the problems we face, still present but accomplishment reassured by God.
    Adam Hamilton calls it a change of perspective. God is with you as you do what you do and are doing so well. Thank You, Lord.

  • Ally Posted December 22, 2023 9:44 am

    God keeps a record of our tears. For me, that record must be long. It is hard for me to release pain. I release it and then take it back. But I have to keep trying and release for my own peace.
    Today I feel for those who seek Justice and don’t get it. Lord, help me not to feel vengeance.
    Jill, praying for your healing. I pray we all feel peace in this Advent season.

  • Julie Posted December 22, 2023 9:48 am

    So many times they are too numerous to count. Through therapy I have come to the realization that I have suffered trauma and abuse my entire life. It is a difficult reality to wrap my head around.
    Prayers for Jill as she deals with the aftermath of surgery.
    Christmas blessings to all.

  • Jill Posted December 22, 2023 5:10 pm

    I would say quite frequently recently. Watching my best friend struggle as a new divorcee – I weep tears with and for her. I have cried over my physical condition and lack of progress prior to surgery. Wednesday post surgery I wept quite a bit, in gratitude, that there was no tear. I didn’t allow myself this gift after the first surgery, because another one awaited. It all came flooding out. Dad didn’t understand and was afraid I was in pain, as did the nurse. But Becky knew. Such relief and it came through very emotionally.
    I got wonderful rest last night and also with naps today. I no longer need pain medication. It is wonderful knowing I have such an expanse of time ahead of me to recover well. Becky and dad dropped off some ice today, along with a book I requested from the library. It is wonderful to have the time to pleasure read.
    Tomorrow I get to shower after removing the heavy bandaging. That will help my mobility improve as well.

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