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

Bless this day and all who wake.
Bless all who wake.

Bless this day and all who weep.
Bless all who weep.

Bless this day and all who fear.
Bless all who fear.

Bless this day and all who laugh.
Bless all who laugh.

Bless this day and all who hunger.
Bless all who hunger.

Bless this day and all who hope..
Bless all who hope.

Bless this day.

Celtic Christians acknowledged God’s presence in every aspect of living—from waking to sleeping, from birth to death, from mundane chores to momentous celebrations. They perceived God’s creation as a holy gift. Gratitude characterized their way of being as they affirmed the source of life and gave thanks through blessings.

Gaelic blessings (Gaelic is a language of the Celts), a prayer form that has survived through the years, serve as the primary inspiration for the prayers in this book.

—Beth A. Richardson, Christ Beside Me, Christ Within Me: Celtic Blessings (Upper Room Books, 2016)

Today’s Question

What ordinary things or mundane chores surround you today? Name those things as you say your own blessing prayer: Bless this ______. Bless this ______. Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

[Jesus said,] “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”
—Matthew 5:3 (NRSV)

Prayer for the Week

Christ with me, Christ before me, Christ behind me,
Christ in me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me.
—Excerpt from a prayer attributed to Saint Patrick
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Lectionary Readings

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  • robert moeller Posted November 20, 2023 7:08 am

    Bless this day and all who mourn, Bless all who mourn. Bles this day and all so give thanks. Bless all who give thanks. Bless this day and all who travel. Bless all who travel.
    Snow earlier this morning. Full sun the rest of the day, temps 22-39. Getting ready to travel to see Jenny, Willa, Oona, and Chris. Hopefully an indoor walk with Russ this morning. Happy Thanksgiving to all. Thank You, Lord

  • Rusty Posted November 20, 2023 8:42 am

    Thank you, Lord. I needed this reading this morning.

    Celtic Christianity is a topic and source of prayers and perspectives that I have explored for several years, now. It can be a touchy subject among many Christians because some folks see the Celtic influence as a way to “spice up” their humdrum religion with visions of druids, forest sprites and so forth. This is not what the original Celtic Christians were about. Rather, this ancient faith has its roots in the earliest Christian traditions (going back even before Catholicism, in many respects, and certainly before Protestantism). It focuses not so much on doctrines like total depravity – although it does recognize the fall – but rather on the goodness of God’s creation (“God saw all that he had made, and it was very good” Gen. 1:31) and the fact that we are all made in God’s image *Gen. 1:26).

    Yesterday, in my reading, I had some deep insights about *asking* God – rather than assuming – and rededicating myself to Jesus being my cornerstone for … everything. The Prayer for the Week we read here, St. Patrick’s Breastplate, dovetails beautifully with what the Lord was helping me with yesterday. It all fits.

    Today I’m “solo-ing” caring for our 4 year old grandson and his 2 month old infant brother. Christ above me, Christ below me, Christ on my left and on my right. Bless this bottle, bless this diaper, bless this peanut butter sandwich and toy truck. Thank you and praise you, Lord. Amen.

  • Julie Posted November 20, 2023 9:36 am

    Bless this laundry, bless this food as I feed the cats that it may nourish them, bless the special food I feed Piddles, may it help him lose weight. Bless this worry as I await any information from the rehab facility. Not one phone call from them informing me of anything about a discharge in place and my financial responsibility.

  • Jill Posted November 20, 2023 10:53 am

    Bless this student, who is working at a tortoise-like speed. Bless this student, who did not watch the assigned video. Bless this teacher, who is fighting frustration. Bless this year 2 student, who is working ever so diligently at Calculus. Bless this student, who doesn’t have the sufficient math foundation to excel in Calculus. Bless this teacher, who works out the problem, step by step. Bless this classroom, with a wide range of learning styles and mathematical abilities. Bless the security guards and student resource officers who attempt to keep the halls clear of ruckus.
    Bless my physical therapist who will work with me after school, trying to determine what has caused this setback. Bless my tears of frustration, seemingly back to pre-surgery discomfort levels. Bless my to not be discouraged. Bless my friend as she rehabs from double knee replacement. Bless her right knee, which doesn’t bend as much as the left. Bless my friend, who will see her daughter and kiss her for the first time in five weeks. Bless her time back home.

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