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

It was critical for the people of Israel to assess Goliath before determining who would fight on their behalf. Likewise in our own lives, we must pause to assess the opposition around us. If we do not, we might fight with the wrong tools. When life sends trouble your way, you must assess exactly what that trouble is, where it comes from, what power it has over you, and what it’s connected to, before you try to fight it. If you fight without an assessment, you will have no idea if you’re winning or not because you do not fully know what you are up against. I encourage you to do some bold assessments. What are you truly up against? What tools do you need to overcome the challenges you are facing?

—Gabby Cudjoe-Wilkes, “An On-Time God,” in The Upper Room Disciplines 2024: A Book of Daily Devotions (Upper Room Books, 2023)

Today’s Question

How would you answer the author’s questions in today’s reflection? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

[Goliath shouted:] Here and now I challenge Israel’s whole army! Choose someone to fight me!
—1 Samuel 17:10 (CEV)

Prayer for the Week

God, give me the boldness to stand up to oppression, trouble, and affliction. I ask that you strengthen me for those battles: show me my past wins, reveal to me my best tools, remind me who and what I am fighting for, and protect me along the way. Amen. [adapted from prayers by Gabby Cudjoe-Wilkes in Disciplines 2024]
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Something More

Psalms for Black Lives, written by pastors Gabby Cudjoe-Wilkes and Andrew Wilkes, is a collection of thirty devotions, each containing a psalm, a reflection, and an invitation for the reader to develop a justice imagination. It is the perfect resource to add to your bookshelf as we celebrate the Juneteenth holiday this week. May we join with God and with each other in the holy work of pursuing justice, undoing structural racism, and building a society that truly values Black lives. Learn more here.

Lectionary Readings

(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)

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  • robert moeller Posted June 18, 2024 5:39 am

    What are you truly up against? My biggest challenge at the moment and i expect it will be present for some time is my son’s mental illness. What tools do you need to overcome the challenges you are facing? I am taking a low dose of medication, have a psychiatric nurse practitioner, and a support group, and most importantly God behind me. Thankfully my son is not without ability, He is a great help in many ways. Thank You, Lord.
    Bible/book study of “Unafraid” is helping and we meet today.

  • Julie Posted June 18, 2024 8:19 am

    I am only now realizing how insidious h’s abuse was. Currently, I am dealing with Megan and her issues and considering some options. I am looking to God and seeking his council.

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