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

God our Creator gives “breath to the people” on earth and “spirit to those who walk” this earth (Isa. 42:5). You need to breathe for physical life. And you need a similar rhythm for spiritual life. An exercise of receiving and letting go brings you into communion with our Maker. You receive the love of God and let go of the false self, entering a transforming awareness of the One who gives life, who loves you and dwells in you.

—J. David Muyskens, Sacred Breath: 40 Days of Centering Prayer (Upper Room Books, 2010)

Today’s Question

What enables you to receive and to let go? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

By the word of the LORD the heavens were made,
and all their host by the breath of his mouth.
—Psalm 33:6 (NRSV)

Prayer for the Week

Pause to breathe deeply. Fill your lungs with fresh air. Hold that breath briefly. Then release the air you are holding, ridding yourself of the old and making space for the new. And as you breathe, rejoice in the gift of life. Let the rise and fall of your lungs be a celebration of the amazing gift of being alive!
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Lectionary Readings

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  • robert moeller Posted January 26, 2021 6:57 am

    Lost my post, so this is the second time. I think God makes receiving and letting go possible. God gives the gift of faith, the ability to believe. Believing we are connected to God and this able to receive and let go. Thank You, Lord.
    A wonderful day taking a church friend to the doctor for a shot in the knee. Nice weather, lunch by a lake shore, and good conversation.
    The day when the diner body is on the underbody is nearing, shades almost finished, small detail parts need to be installed, a final check through the directions, I omitted many very detailed parts that are hard to see from trackside, and then the model should be on the rails.
    Prep for my counseling online meeting coming up is underway. Hopeful this will help me improve relations with my son.
    Prayers for Congress and the President that compromise will lead to benefits for America, that the vaccine’s production, distribution, and inoculation problems are resolved and the virus can finally be brought under control. Safety, well-being, peace, and progress for all the UR family. Thank You,
    Lord for Your ever presence.

  • Lou Posted January 26, 2021 8:25 am

    Letting go of some things is very hard for me. I pray to God to help me release my worries and my sadness. I know he hears my prayers and holds me and my concerns. Trust is my word for 2021 – my faith wavers and doubt creeps in when I am worn down by daily life and the challenges of this earthly life. Trust and letting go are intertwined and I am working on those things. Help me Lord. Forgive me when I doubt and loose heart.
    Thankful for a beautiful snow today.
    Thankful for my snow shoveler who helps me when the snow is too great for my back issues like today.
    Thankful for Robert’s early morning posts and his great faith which encourages me.
    Thankful for all of the posters here- for their sharing and prayers – may God keep you all safe and healthy as we continue through this pandemic –
    Thankful for new leadership who we are trusting to make changes and help us move our country forward in love and peace.
    Thankful for another day
    Bless you all-

    • Julie Posted January 26, 2021 8:37 am

      Prayers for you Lou as you continue to struggle with all life throws at us each day. May the Lord come beside you and help you carry your burdens and hold you in His arms.

  • Julie Posted January 26, 2021 8:34 am

    This is exactly the excercise I have doing since the New Year. It has helped me to feel closer to God and less anxious (in general) and more in control of my emotions and self.
    Prayers for Robert as he begins counseling, may it lead to a better father-son relationship.
    Prayers for Ally and David and Rachel. Prayers of thanksgiving to the Lord that Rachel is doing well after her surgery and may she continue to improve.
    Prayers for Jill, Larry and her students as well as her god-daughter. May all be safe during this time and may Jill and her students continue to make overtures toward true cooperation and connection.

  • Ally Posted January 26, 2021 11:12 am

    It is only by the power of the Holy Spirit I am able to do this. Again I must pray for the willingness to let go. As I pray the above prayer, I ask God to help me let go of what I hold onto, of which I should let go. Haven’t received a report on Rach so today. I’m assuming she is progressing. Thank you for continued prayers. We have been trying to find a place to get vaccine. Our county is out of vaccine and the waiting lists are extremely long. Prayers for this, please.
    Robert, I am in agreement with your prayers for our leaders and reps to implement a plan for better distribution and administration of vaccine. Prayers also as you begin counseling and for a better relationship with your son. Lou, prayers for your process of letting go. I struggle with this as well. In a agreement with your thankfulness for new leadership which will help move us forward. Julie, I’m thankful that these exercises bring you some peace and a respite from anxiety and more closeness to God. Thanks to all for your prayers. Know I lift y’all up as well. You are all dear to me. Stay safe and be blessed.

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