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

The Psalms give voice to the wide range of human emotions that arise in everyday experience. Jewish and Christian worshipers derive comfort, hope, encouragement, and joy from these ancient prayers but also find a way to cry out through them in anger, fear, and doubt over the power and goodness of God. Individuals unable to worship corporately also find that the Psalms speak to their needs. The well-known Twenty-third Psalm has brought comfort to countless people who are sick and dying.

—Elizabeth J. Canham, Finding Your Voice in the Psalms: An Invitation to Honest Prayer (Upper Room Books, 2013)

Today’s Question

What is your go-to psalm for times when you need comfort? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
—Psalm 23:4 (NRSV)

Prayer for the Week

Show me your ways, Lord,
teach me your paths.
Guide me in your truth and teach me,
for you are God my Savior,
and my hope is in you all day long.
Psalm 25:4-5 (NIV)
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  • Joan Posted July 3, 2023 7:18 am

    Psalm 91 – a great comfort in the time after the San Francisco earthquake.

  • Gail Posted July 3, 2023 8:21 am

    Psalm 23. Memorized it at about age 10.

  • Julie Posted July 3, 2023 9:51 am

    Welcome Joan, may you find kindred spirits here among these friends.
    I do not turn to the Psalms but passages of scripture. Such as “For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans of a future with hope.” And “Be strong and courageous, for I your God am with you.”

  • Jill Posted July 3, 2023 4:33 pm

    Psalm 103 is one I would likely turn to – reminding me of His faithfulness, His inconceivable forgiveness, and His compassion.
    My progress at memorizing Psalm 71 is not great. But, I am sticking with it.
    Psalm 62 is also a gem.
    Dad and I weren’t sure we would get golf in today, due to rain. But – we stayed dry, had a pleasant time golfing – with even a few moments of warm sunshine. He played phenomenally on the front nine – easily would have shot his age, had he kept the pace up. But, he struggled on the back nine and got discouraged. Still, I am grateful he is having stretches of playing really good golf.
    Tonight I am going to my youngest nephew’s to watch Air – the Michael Jordan movie – with he and his wife. Should be an enjoyable time.
    I have nothing slated for tomorrow and am quite looking forward to being at home, watching Wimbledon and getting cracking on some school work.

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