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

God always pursues us in love. Nothing can ever extinguish the flame in God’s heart that burns to be in personal relationship with us—even when we mess up and get terribly lost. When God asks us where we are, it is as if God is saying to you and me, “Where are you? I miss you. My heart aches for you. I want to reconnect intimately with you. I grieve over the distance between us. I long for your companionship, and I will search for you until I find you.”

—Trevor Hudson, Questions God Asks Us (Upper Room Books, 2008)

Today’s Question

What helps you believe God wants to connect with you? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

God made the nations so they would seek him, perhaps even reach out to him and find him. In fact, God isn’t far away from any of us.
—Acts 17:27 (CEB)

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God, help me hear what you are asking of me.
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  • Jill Posted June 8, 2020 5:41 am

    One things which helps me believe this is the dissonance I feel when I am disconnected. An unsettled restlessness, inability to focus well while reading Scripture and praying. I certainly have a much better understanding how relational He is…He is not “out there” somewhere…but rather, so very close, indeed – in my heart – beckoning, loving, tending. Thank You, Father – for helping me to understand this and for calling to me.
    Golfing this morning with my friend. We did not golf last year as she had an injured wrist. Playing 9 holes in the cool of the morning. Tennis this evening with my team as we practice for the start of the season next week.

  • Julie Posted June 8, 2020 8:27 am

    The Bible relates many instances of both God and Jesus reaching out to those who hunger for him. Jesus was always available to those who truly wished to enter into relationship with him. Even those dispised and marginalized by sociaty.
    Prayers for Jill’s health to remain good so she can caontinue to play tennis and golf. Prayers of thankfulness that her friend’s wrist has healed.
    Prayers for Ally and David, may both continue to regain strength as they fight to recover from the effects of COVID 19.
    Prayers for Robert as today’s UR Devotional was by a man about his time as an airman that was stationed in Korea during the war. He related how he was a new Christian at the time and his faith helped him to stand by his morals and always be himself despite his company.
    Chai continues to eat and I will call the animal hospice service today. Please continue to pray for him and for us as we are very stressed. Adding to my stress is needing to confront h as I believe he has used fraud again, as in forging the paper he asked me to sign last week but has yet to inquire about. Please pray for me to be strong.
    Prayers, thank you and good health dear UR

  • Marcy Posted June 8, 2020 11:13 am

    I know that od wants to connect with me as He calls me to prayer early each morning. I pray intercessory prayers, write down names, journal, do Bible studies on my own, meditate and listen; always listening. He speaks to me through scripture and quietness as I wait to see if this day a message or answer is forthcoming. It is not laways to be.

    Hello and good morning, everyone. I am sorry I haven’t posted, but I was still waiting for orders from my doctor last week until Friday! I have just made the appointment for the MRI this morning, as the doctor didn’t put in the order until late Friday. I wonder if management has made changes because this is not how he normally operates. And I am not a person who visits the ER multiple times a year, since I’ve had insurance. The swelling is still down in my legs, but the pain is still terrible. The soonest I could schedule the MRI is June 17. If I should be unable to walk, or experience difficulty breathing/chest pain, I will call an ambulance. God’s will be done. Jesus is walking with me.

    Lucy Lou goes to the vet on Friday, as I had to cancel last Friday’s appointment due to pain and some swelling in my legs. She is wheezing on and off, and her last (fang?) looks red and irritated. She has a birth defect that has caused dental issues. If I am bad this Friday, I will just have to do it anyway. I pray it isn’t storming or hot outside.

    Thank you for your prayers, all those who were praying for me. I am appreciative and grateful for you. Julie, I am praying a novena to St. Francis for Chai. I occasionally pray novenas even though I am not Catholic. I will start the novena today. Yes, I am praying for you to be strong under the onslaught of wickedness from h. My h bilked me out of my inheritance from my Dad. And spent it on toys and other women. I am praying ver y hard for you, dear Julie!

    Thank you, Jill, Andrea, Ally, Lou, April and all who pray/prayed for me. I continue to pray for you also, along with Robert, Rick, Connie, Mary, Francesca and all who visit here. Prayers going up for those in the BALCONY and beyond and our Almighty Father knows your needs and concerns.

    Singing hymns and songs each morning; another way I connect with God.

    And these three remain: Faith, Hope and Love; and the greatest of these is LOVE! Sending prayers anchored in God’s Love to you all, UR.

    • Julie Posted June 8, 2020 2:16 pm

      Megan asked that I thank you and I also thank you

  • Rick Posted June 8, 2020 7:47 pm

    I’ve been so disconnected, with the social distancing and the senseless death of George Floyd and the nationwide protest. I do feel and affirm, that racism in America needs to change. I’ve been so overhelmed, with all that has been in front of me with School and our move to the Dallas area. I’ve been feeling God’s presence, and I know he is calling me to do something. I’m sure it will all make sense in time. The last few weeks I’ve felt angry, frustrated, exhausted and I’ve been in fear, not for myself but for the unknown.
    I have much to catch up on in the past posts, I’m well, my LC is hanging in there. She has had some improvement with medication in her ability to move about. We are trusting God though all of this. I’m just beginning to breath again.
    Julie, I will keep Chai in my prayers as I know how difficult it must be for you. I will also keep you and Megan in my prayers for protection and strength as well. Jill, so grateful to hear of your getting out and finding time to engage in those activities that you enjoy. It’s a reminder that I need to do the same. Marcy, I pray that your leg swelling and pain resolves, and that a sooner appointment might open up. I pray that Lucy Lou, improves too.
    Blessings to all☺️🙏🏻

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