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

To hope means we cannot be completely sure. There are no guarantees. Coming to God with a mixture of hope and excitement is normal and human. We may even experience less welcome feelings alongside hope, such as anxiety, fear, and distrust. But those feelings are acceptable. God welcomes us with whatever degree and quality of hope possible for us. Even if the hope is simply an inexpressible desire for something more, it has power, and its power grows as we nurture the hope in God’s presence.

—Mary Lou Redding, While We Wait: Living the Questions of Advent (Upper Room Books, 2002)

Today’s Question

What do you hope for this Advent? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

You, O Lord, are my hope, my trust, O Lord, from my youth.
—Psalm 71:5 (NRSVUE)

Prayer for the Week

Holy God, help us to hear you calling us home during Advent and guide us to set aside time for reflection on the wonder of your Son’s birth. Thank you for the gift of Jesus Christ. Help us to focus on him and to show his compassion and love to others during this season. Amen.
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Lectionary Readings

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  • robert moeller Posted December 6, 2023 6:59 am

    I hope for continued progress in my relationship with Erich . We are on a tough road in the housing market hopeful things will improve. Thankful that skiing is possible, glad to have gone already. Both of us are enjoying driving trains on a simulator.
    Today is Saint Nicholas Day. Children leave their shoes outside their door and Saint Nicholas leaves small gifts
    Thank You, Lord for the blessings of this day.

  • Rusty Posted December 6, 2023 7:09 am

    This question offers is a corollary to my comment I posted late yesterday in reply to Julie. Julie and Robert, you are both in my prayers today as we think about hope.

    The book I’m reading right now by Lewis Smedes, Keeping Hope Alive, is a kind of “how to” about hope. He says there are three steps. First, what he calls a “wish” and I would call a fervent desire. According to author Smedes, you need to specifically identify something you dearly want to take place but over which you have no power of control. Second, you have to be able imagine the outcome if your fervent desire were to come about. If you can’t even imagine it, hope will evade you. Finally, the last step is to believe that God, through Jesus, in the power of the Holy Spirit is indeed powerful and can make it happen. All things are possible with God.

    My hope this Advent is that my dearest K will find God in this life and turn to him. Lord Jesus, through the live I know from you, may I have every confidence that my hope will be fulfilled.

  • Jill Posted December 6, 2023 8:19 am

    I would beg to differ in explanation about hope. I think hope…my sure hope in terms of my salvation and eternity…is as sure a hope as is possible. And even tho it is rock solid for me, I don’t think I live out each day with this utter solid truth. Maybe this is based upon human limitation with an eternal hope. My humanity limits my ability to walk/live out this most blessed assurance. Living in the here and not yet…it’s complex – at least for my linear, logical brain.
    My hopes for this Advent season – that I will be able to still my brain and heart – and snuggle into it. That I will keep thoughts of my operation at bay. I feel like thus far – the busyness of day to day has kept me from both…focusing properly on Advent and thinking about my surgery. My times in the morning have been relatively focused. And I am grateful. That time is what carries me through my hectic day.
    More of the same today. PT is right after school. My school’s swim team has a home meet – and depending on what time I get out of PT and how tired I am – I may return to school for it. Luckily PT and school are only about 7 minutes apart.
    Spiritual direction yesterday was very meaningful. She helps me to bring compassion to my body – which isn’t always working correctly and weighs me down with discomfort at times. Her prayers are such a balm to me.

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