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

In this book, I will take readers on a journey through a series of experiences from my own life. In part, I tell these stories to remind us of our shared experiences, but these stories also introduce me to the readers. Most importantly, however, I hope these stories will serve as an invitation for readers to tell their own stories, using the storytelling prompts at the end of each section. Together, we will discover our sacred stories and the settings, people, and objects that reveal their sacredness to us.

—Michael E. Williams, Spoken into Being: Divine Encounters Through Story (Upper Room Books, 2017)

Today’s Question

What places hold special significance for you? Who are the important people in your stories?
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Today’s Scripture

That day Jesus went out of the house and sat down beside the lake. Such large crowds gathered around him that he climbed into a boat and sat down. The whole crowd was standing on the shore. He said many things to them in parables: “A farmer went out to scatter seed. As he was scattering seed, some fell on the path, and birds came and ate it. . . . Everyone who has ears should pay attention.”
—Matthew 13:1-4, 9 (CEB)

Prayer for the Week

Gracious God, thank you for being the original author of the greatest story ever told. Guide us as we learn to tell our own stories and discover how they connect with your story and with the story of humanity. Amen.
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  • Rusty Posted November 10, 2023 8:27 am

    People . . and places. My, how these daily questions can sometimes touch a nerve.

    This question pulls back a blanket that I have thrown over parts of my life. Parts that very much involved place. It’s because, for K and me, “place” has now come to mean one place: this house in this neighborhood in this city. Because of health considerations, K and I pretty much need to stay put.

    There was a time when this wasn’t true. And many years later, we both remember our last big trip. It was to Newfoundland to visit friends who lived there. It was a life altering experience in which K and I with our two young daughters traveled around that magnificent island for weeks. The sights we saw, the people we met, the air we breathed, the food we ate! (K loved the fish and she literally enjoyed fresh cod every day we were there.) It was the source of many, many dear memories. And stories. It’s time to put away the blanket and start telling those stories again.

    A very wise Christian once told me: things from the past are not “used to be’s”. They help make up the tapestry of our lives and always will be.

  • robert moeller Posted November 10, 2023 4:16 pm

    Started to answer this morning, was diverted
    So many places: where I was born, where I ‘ve lived, my home state, four special countries, mountain tops, lakes, woods, rivers, places of learning, churches, train stations, restaurants, historic sites, national parks. These are a few of my most memorable, meaningful places. Thank You, Lord for these wonderful memories.

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