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

WHEN JESUS CALLS, Zacchaeus does not contemplate the pros and cons. He does not do a cost-benefit analysis and talk with a therapist about the potential emotional growth that might occur should he come down from the tree. In the core of his being, and with no real ambivalence, he knows the only choice that he can make. It is the same choice the disciples make when they drop their fishing nets. It is immediate, and it is personal. Though the crowd grumbles and judges him as a sinner, Zacchaeus hurries down from the tree and joyfully welcomes Jesus. He doesn’t seem worried about the state of his house, and I can imagine that Jesus didn’t spend time attending to Zacchaeus’s material home so much as his spiritual one. Are we in such an admirable hurry to come down from reliance on our own resources, our own comfortable, distanced view of Jesus to an uncertain encounter amid our messes?

—Angela D. Schaffner
Revealed: What the Bible Can Teach You About Yourself

From page 17 of Revealed: What the Bible Can Teach You About Yourself by Angela D. Schaffner. Copyright © 2018 by The Upper Room. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. Learn more about or purchase this book.

Today’s Question

How do you respond to the call of Jesus?  Share your thoughts.

Today’s Scripture

When Jesus reached the spot, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, come down immediately. I must stay at your house today.”
—Luke 19:5, NIV

Prayer for the Week

Jesus, help me to see myself in your Word, so that others might see you in me. Amen.

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