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

IN THIS WORLD’S EYES, there is an enormous distinction between good times and bad, between sorrow and joy. But in the eyes of God, they are never separated. Our ministry is to help people gradually let go of their resentment and discover that right in the middle of suffering there is a blessing. Where there is pain, there is healing. Where there is mourning, there is dancing. Where there is poverty, there is the Kingdom of God.

Jesus says to us, “Cry over your pains, and you will discover that I’m right there in your tears, and you will be grateful for my presence in your weakness.”

– by Henri J. M. Nouwen, edited by John S. Mogabgab
A Spirituality of Living

From page 48 of A Spirituality of Living by Henri J. M. Nouwen, edited by John S. Mogabgab. Copyright © 2011 The Henri Nouwen Legacy Trust. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.

Today’s Question

Give thanks for Jesus’ presence in your weakness. Share your thoughts.

Today’s Scripture

Who is wise and understanding among you? Show by your good life that your works are done with gentleness born of wisdom.

James 3:13, NRSV

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This week we remember: Hildegard of Bingen (September 17).

Lectionary Readings

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  • Mary Ng Shwu Ling Posted September 19, 2018 12:12 am

    Thank you Jesus for your presence in my weakness.

    Thank you for protecting me from all harm and danger.

    Thank you for being my ever present help and guide.

    Thank you for strength and inspiration.

    Thank you for hearing my prayers

  • Jill Posted September 19, 2018 3:41 am

    Yes, indeed, in the middle of suffering, blessing can be found. The blessing of His presence and comfort. Had I not been through the events of the past 12 months, I would not know this to the core of my being. Thank You, Father – for not only knowing that I know that I know – but experiencing You – Your guidance, Your faithfulness…Your Essence.
    I pray my mother will have a breakthrough and be able to experience this also. Her deep despair continues, as there is a spot on her lung. It is not definitively cancer, but her cancer marker is up in her bloodwork and the doctor is pretty concerned. It is too small to biopsy currently, but we go back the end of October to check bloodwork again, and he told us she will have the CAT scan again either in November or December, as opposed to March. Praise God – he referred her to a psychologist in the counseling dept at the cancer center. The appointment will be set up in the next day or two.
    Father – You are the calm in the storm. I am resting in You. Thank You for good rest last night. Help me to focus today at school with the kids.

    • Lou Posted September 19, 2018 6:16 am

      Prayers for your family Jill- God’s peace be with you as you help your parents navigate through this time. Love and hugs from the people here that care about you-

  • Julie Posted September 19, 2018 7:53 am

    I have certainly needed to lean into aand on God’s strength through not only the last few months of the mess with h but also for the many years that I have suffered with Reynaud’s. If not for His strength I would not have survived as well as I have.
    Prayers for Jill and her family. You have been on my mind and I have been anxously awaiting your post. Prayers of gratitude for an astute doctor and his reeferal to the counselor. Prayers for Jill as she teaches today.
    Prayers for Mary and her teaching. May her extra duties be few so that she can do the teaching God has destined for her.
    Prayers for Lou and her children. May her youngest have a wonderfull senior year.
    Prayers for Connie. I am thankful for her gracious example of faith. I am thankful for a burst of sun following morning rain.
    Prayers for Robert and Erich. May Erich come to know You through Robert’s steadfast support and example of Your fatherly love.
    Prayers for Marcy, may her pain be removed. I will try remember to incude stories of my kitties daily. Yesterday Tazzie and Chai were fighting in the Florida room so vigorously that I heard furniture moving on the smooth floor. I went to see them and reprimand them. They continued after I left the room! Like little kids they are. So I went back and picked up Tazzie and carried him with me to another room. Didn’t that little stinker Chai follow me!
    Prayers for all of the loving UR family

    • Mary Ng Shwu Ling Posted September 19, 2018 9:04 am

      Thanks dear Julie!

      I am commiting my disappointments, frustrations and many ‘whys’ into God’s hands. Surely He knows what i am going through at this moment and surely He will make a way! Sometimes, humans are blind but surely God is not! Sometimes, we are bullied and some injustice is going on but surely God will put all things right in His time!

      Right now, i know God is working on my tolerance.

      Julie, hope your situation improve and may God watch over you!


  • Darr Sigilman Posted September 19, 2018 3:08 pm

    I often feel all alone in the world. But I know that Jesus is always there with me in the person of yours and the other church web sites and in God’s Holy Word. I feel so happy for The Upper Room web site and I wish you all at The Upper Room well. Continue the good work that you have begun and God richly bless you and make you prosperous in all of your good work and well doing.

    • Connie Posted September 20, 2018 7:51 am

      Greetings. You are not alone.
      I have leaned on the Upper Room for many, many years.

  • robert moeller Posted September 20, 2018 4:20 am

    On the road yesterday so I didn’t post. Don’t like it when I miss the daily reflection, but it happens.

    Yes, I am thankful that I have been helped when I am weak. Have made it through tough times and things are looking better. I’m not out of the woods yet, but am starting to feel relief. Thank You, Lord.

    Just know that all of you are in my thoughts and prayers even when there’s no word from me. Hope to do better today.

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