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

If we choose to lock our doors for the security or reassurance of those on the inside, we should consider any unintended consequences to the physical safety of those gathered should an internal emergency occur, consulting with the local fire department, for example, to ensure that escape is still possible and that our fortress does not become a prison. We should consider the spiritual health of the community and what we are teaching explicitly or inadvertently about who belongs within or without our walls.

As in all things, we should always be ready to give an account of how our decisions reflect our obedience to the commandments: Love God, and love your neighbor as yourself.

—Rosalind C. Hughes, Whom Shall I Fear? Urgent Questions for Christians in an Age of Violence (Upper Room Books, 2021)

Today’s Question

What does it mean for you to “always be ready to give an account” of your decisions?
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Today’s Scripture

In your hearts sanctify Christ as Lord. Always be ready to make your defense to anyone who demands from you an accounting for the hope that is in you.
—1 Peter 3:15 (NRSV)

Prayer for the Week

Lord, even though I walk through lonely and dark times, I will fear nothing, because you are with me; your guidance and authority comfort me. Amen. [prayer adapted from Psalm 23:4]
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1 Comment

  • robert moeller Posted June 5, 2024 1:54 pm

    To me, to “always be ready to give an account” means truthfully confirming what God already knows. God is the perfect judge, knowing always all the details of everything we do, when we are truthful, our explanation should match what God knows. Thank You, Lord for Your ever presence. Help us to be as faithful to You as You are to us. When we make mistakes, as we are prone to do, help us confess, repent, and be forgiven, that we may return to the work You have for us.
    Thus far today has been a good day. I am thankful for it. The car is back, inspected, and registered.
    Some proactive work on it will be done later this month. Pearl is home and doing well. Thank You, Lord.

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