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

When others try to clothe you with their armor, consider that God may be showing you a different path. Others’ methods may not be a good fit for you and may weigh you down. Speak the truth, and remove the burden of armor that doesn’t fit. As well-intentioned as it may be, armor you’re not used to carrying may do more harm than good. Allow God to work through you in unexpected ways. Trust that God will show you the ways in which you are able to face and conquer Goliath. Pick up the stones.

—Angela D. Schaffner, Revealed: What the Bible Can Teach You About Yourself (Upper Room Books, 2019)

Today’s Question

What ill-fitting armor do you need to remove? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

David strapped his sword on over the armor, but he couldn’t walk around well because he’d never tried it before. “I can’t walk in this,” David told Saul, “because I’ve never tried it before.” So he took them off. He then grabbed his staff and chose five smooth stones from the streambed. He put them in the pocket of his shepherd’s bag and with sling in hand went out to the Philistine.
—1 Samuel 17:39-40 (CEB)

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  • Jill Posted September 9, 2020 5:30 am

    Ill-fitting armor…hmmm…an interesting thought. I think maybe I have been impacted by this in the past…who my mom wanted me to be…a married woman, a mother. She thought there was one path to happiness and struggled with my independence and sufficiency. She finally gave up on the hope of me giving her grandchildren, but still was very concerned about be alone as I got older. Maybe this wasn’t “armor” per se, but it was an expectation I was very aware of.
    As I read through this – the song came to mind “I am who You say I am”…that might not be the name of it, but a phrase oft repeated throughout. Yes, Father – clad me with Your armor, specifically designed for me. I trust the burden will be light and the sufficiency of it.
    April – I loved your reminder – “we can’t change/undo the past, but we can make today the day we change.” May we all have the discernment and courage to enact that in our lives, following His leading.
    My internet is not sufficient for what I need to be doing, so called yesterday to change providers. The equipment is to arrive today and I was told it is “easy” to hook up. I am not tech savvy in any way, shape or form…so I have my friend’s husband on call if I can’t do it myself.
    Tonight is the beginning of my small group. Will be new people to meet. I pray I will be able to be open, transparent and comfortable sharing in all facets.

  • Julie Posted September 9, 2020 8:38 am

    Ah yes the armour of others, I have had this my entire life. When I finally broke out and took up my own which fit and worked perfectly for me, I willingly forsaked it for another set forced on me by another. I am now living with the horrific consequences of this relinquishment.
    Prayers for Jill and her tech ability, may it be sufficient to perform the tasks ahead. Think of all the previous tech tasks that you have mastered. Look at the new equipment and recognize that you CAN conquer this foe as well.
    Prayers for April and her sage words, yes may we all recognize that the past is immutable but the future is yet clay.
    Prayers for Robert and his continued faith journey, I believe God gave you the gift of recreating panoramas with your models. You are so gifted and talented with the small trains that this gift must be God given. I believe God rejoices with you at each victory.
    The kittens are wearing me out. I have had to discipline them a lot. I do not believe their foster mom had the standards for her kitties that I do. My Tonkinese were never so unruly! Anyway I call the black and white one Bam because he is like an explosion and reins chaos whever he goes. I call the black one Bagheera after the black panther in the “Jungle Book.”
    Prayers, thank you and stay well dear UR

  • robert moeller Posted September 9, 2020 3:08 pm

    Am quite sure I don’t have any ill-fitting armor, more likely no armor at all.it would be wonderful to have God’s armor. Unlike many old New England farms I don’t have sturdy stone walls, haven’t erected many bounderies and am poor at maintaining the ones I have. I’m more like bamboo, bend, but don’t break, than maple, rock solid.

    So much done this morning, have the primer for the deck, white paint for window repairs, Erich had a flu shot, picked up a new supply of 81 mg aspirin, car washed and vacuumed, a walk in the White Mountains, forded streams, crossed bridges, had quite an adventure, lunch at McDonalds, picked up the mail, a shower, and rest time, all between 8 and 1:30. Much needed paint and roofing for the station should arrive today. Started this in the morning , just finishing this now. Thank You, Lord.

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