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

I know the places in my soul where the past makes its presence known, the occasions when memories surface, inviting my attention, encouraging me to see within them what I had not seen before. They come bearing comfort, or they come to offer questions.

In these thin places I sometimes have a keen sense of the shadows of other lives—fleeting impressions of what might have happened if I had made a different choice or if another path had opened to me at a crucial juncture or a seemingly ordinary one. I am not meant to inhabit or linger too long amid these glimpses of other lives, yet they visit nonetheless. They come as reminders of how it matters what we choose. They come too as a reminder of grace: that God can work within every choice, even the ones we made long ago.

—Jan L. Richardson, In the Sanctuary of Women: A Companion for Reflection and Prayer (Upper Room Books, 2010)

Today’s Question

As you reflect on your choices, what encouragement do you find in God’s grace at every turn? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

Many plans are in a person’s mind,
but the LORD’s purpose will succeed.

—Proverbs 19:21 (CEB)

Prayer for the Week

Lord, guide me to reflect on—and learn from—the decisions I made yesterday so that they might reshape the longings I have for tomorrow.
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  • Jill Posted October 22, 2020 5:09 am

    Whoa – what you shared yesterday Ally – it is as if you were reading this section from her book. This author – her words touch me deeply. I have this book and have bought other books of hers. After her husband suddenly and most unexpectedly passed – she wrote a book of odes/blessings…regarding losing someone, death, those who remain. I shared it with dad when mom passed – and it was very emotional for him. She wrote a new book, released this summer called “Sparrow – a book of life and death and life”. It is sitting at my feet. I am anxious to read it – but am simply too busy with schoolwork right now. I am looking forward to reading in over winter break.
    God’s grace is an unspeakable blessings. His forgiveness, His compassion – blanket us in rejoicing and in sorrow, in wise choices and in regrettable ones. Yet He remains – offering forgiveness that spans east to west – another confounding mystery.
    Father – thank You for good news regarding health of those here and loved ones. These days are hard and yet – there is so much to be grateful for. Today and tomorrow are to be warmer here and I will be grateful for the simplicity of having open windows.

  • Marcy Posted October 22, 2020 5:42 am

    God Moves In A Mysterious Way

    1 God moves in a mysterious way
    His wonders to perform.
    He plants his footsteps in the sea
    And rides upon the storm.

    2 You fearful saints, fresh courage take;
    The clouds you so much dread
    Are big with mercy and shall break
    In blessings on your head.

    3 His purposes will ripen fast,
    Unfolding ev’ry hour.
    The bud may have a bitter taste,
    But sweet will be the flow’r.

    4 Blind unbelief is sure to err
    And scan his work in vain.
    God is his own interpreter,
    And he will make it plain.

    William Cowper (1774)
    Tune: DUNDEE (Ravenscroft)

  • robert moeller Posted October 22, 2020 6:07 am

    God is everywhere all the time, thus grace, mercy, and love, and every attribute of God is also everywhere all the time. Thank You, Lord. Because of You, we exist, have life and blessed assurance.
    For a moment I thought I saw a hymn from Marcy that I knew, but then it changed to another new one.
    I miss hearing the music that goes wth them. Often, that, like the spirit, speaks to me most. Jesus said that the unseen is more important than the seen. Music has some of this quality even though we can see, read, play, and create it. Heard it is unseen.
    I never took physics. The math that goes with it is beyond me. I did once see a program about Einstein and how he proved time goes slower and faster. Understood it at the time but can’t explain it now.

  • Julie Posted October 22, 2020 8:31 am

    I have made many ill advised decisions and at this time two in particular are causing me to face a scary and uncertain future. I hope God is helping me through this situation though I made the mistakes.
    Prayers for Jill and may she enjoy the warm temps. Of course it is nice here also. Many local schools are dealing with COVID cases and making decisions regarding classes. I pray you and your school remain safe.
    Prayers for Marcy and may she be well and thank you again for sharing hymns with us.
    Prayers for Robert and his sage words that soothe my soul. The study of space and time is relativity because space and time are just that, relative. As you said time moves differently and this is dependent on various variables.
    Prayers for Ally and David, may David’s wound heal properly and completely and may Ally’s eyesight continue to be enough until she has her surgery.

  • Ally Posted October 22, 2020 9:53 am

    Looking back on my life, I see God’s grace in places of disappointment: times when things didn’t turn out like I wanted, but brought great blessings. I had an accident in 1990 and moved back home with my parents. I treasure those years because I spent them with my parents and sister. Daddy passed away in 1995 and those years with him are gold. I was able to be there with Mama after Daddy passed. I treasure those days as well, though there was sadness. I also got to spend a lot of time with Amy, as we got to know one another as adults. Had plans gone as I hoped, I would have been on the other side of the country and missed those times with my family.
    I have been dealing with some issues like dizziness and feeling like my knees are going to buckle under me. I have informed my cardiologist and waiting to hear back from her. David pulled a muscle in his lower back and would appreciate some prayers for healing and relief from pain.
    Jill, I have a friend who has spoken of the thin places in a few conversations. I will ask her if she has read this book. I need to read it for sure. Praying that school has gone well this week and you continue to feel strong. Marcy, I’ve heard of this hymn, but have never heard it sung. I need to look it up in hymnbook. Thanks so much for sharing and praying that you are feeling well. Robert, thank you for your thoughts about God’s grace. I needed a reminder today. Julie, I believe God will extend grace and help you. I pray that you feel God’s wisdom and mercy as you navigate your way through. I lift up everyone to Lord, that you feel His presence and peace today. Be blessed.

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