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

Each reflection this week features a meditation written by teens for other teens. Listen for words of wisdom from another generation.

“I’M SICK OF high school,” my sister sighed. “I want to be in college now.” I had just started college. After I told my sister what it was like, she didn’t want to wait. I smiled; I had felt the same way in high school. I couldn’t wait to be free and to live on my own. Once I got to college, though, I realized that independence comes with huge responsibilities. I found myself hoping that college would go by quickly so that I would be out of school forever. After I stopped looking ahead and started to focus on where I was, college has been everything I dreamed it would be.

—John Mark Miller, age 19 (Mesquite, Texas)
Stepping Out on Your Own: Devotions for High School Graduates

From page 111 of Stepping Out on Your Own, introduced and compiled by Kara Lassen Oliver. Copyright © 2010 by Upper Room Books. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. Learn more about or purchase this book.

Today’s Question

What do you feel God is calling you to do to reflect God’s love to those around you?  Share your thoughts.

Today’s Scripture

“Do not boast about tomorrow,
for you do not know what a day may bring.”
—Proverbs 27:1, NRSV

Prayer for the Week

Lord, lead me to still waters and restore my soul. Submit your prayer to The Upper Room Living Prayer Center or share it in the comment section.

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  • robert moeller Posted August 1, 2019 6:54 am

    Share my faith by example, try my best to follow Jesus example. Be the hands of Christ. That is a huge goal, but with Christ, in Christ, and the help of God’s grace when I falter, progress can be made.

    Thankful the temperature and humidity are lower and AC is not needed. Resources are replenished, it’s a beautiful day, food shopping can be done.
    Prayers for the roundtable Sunday on the future of the UMC. I pray for God’s wisdom to understand what God would have us do. I believe we are to love our neighbor as ourselves. Love is supreme.

    God’s guidance to each one of us and the the situations we face. Thankful that God knows where we are and wants to hear from us. Thank You, Lord, for Your love for us. In Jesus’ Name I pray. Amen.

  • Gail Posted August 1, 2019 7:54 am

    The psalmist exhorts us to give thanks to the Lord. I thank the Lord for the good word the oncologist gave me this week, no cancer! Also, the opportunity to attend (it’s free) the 400 Conference at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta. It’s about race and the church. We are having a break in the weather. Blessings to all. Praise the Lord.

    • Andrea Posted August 1, 2019 2:02 pm

      This month, God is calling me to be a good hostess. My first guest arrives tomorrow, the mid- month, the last at the end of the month. House cleaning is on full- swing. (Julie, I am trying not to be Martha.)

      Prayers for all dear UR friends. Wishing all a blessed day.

  • Julie Posted August 1, 2019 8:15 am

    I believe in living in and enjoying each moment (serenity prayer). In this manner I show others that with God by our side we can enjoy every moment, resting in His providential care. I can accept and love all people. There is no race in God’s church, we are all the same in His eyes. There is no legitimate reason to exclude anyone from God’s house.
    Prayers for Robert and renewed resources and may Erich heal soon.
    Prayers of thankfulness for Gail’s health.
    Prayers for healing for Andrea and Lowell, Connie, and Marcy.
    Prayers for Connie and her witty mind. Megan and I chuckled over your commentary for our kitties. Thank you.
    Prayers for success in new homes for Betsy, Robert and Erich.
    Prayers for success in college for Lou’s daughter and may she start fresh and decide who she is with our the shadow of past judgments and assessments by others.
    Prayers for rich blessings for Mary (a minister?).
    Prayers for Jill and Becky to truly accept one another.
    H home today. I am on edge, but at least he is gone somewhere for now. I hope he is visiting his mother. He intimated that he no longer visited her because she is uncommunicative. I hope he realizes it is still important to visit, she knows he is there. I always visited my grandparents, even when my grandfather was so compromised from Alzheimer’s he could no longer hold his body upright.
    Prayers, blessings, warm hugs, and thank you dear UR readers and posters

  • Mary Ng Shwu Ling Posted August 1, 2019 1:22 pm

    To share the good news and live a life that glorifies God.

    May God help us to reflect His love!


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