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

If fundraising as ministry is about loving and being loved, then it is also a call to conversion for everyone involved. First, rooted in our call to help build a community of love, we are challenged to shift from an ashamed stance of bowing down as we ask for money to standing confidently. Fundraising is not begging. Our culture wants us to judge ourselves and others in terms of status, money, and power. We “look up” to some people and “look down” upon others. When we are fully grounded in love, nobody is beneath us and nobody is above us. It takes courage to develop this confidence in who we are and apply this to our work as fundraisers.

—Henri J.M. Nouwen with Nathan Ball, A Spirituality of Fundraising Workbook Edition (Upper Room Books, 2019)

Today’s Question

How can you cultivate courage and confidence in who God created you to be? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

Finally, let’s draw near to the throne of favor with confidence so that we can receive mercy and find grace when we need help.
—Hebrews 4:16 (CEB)

Prayer for the Week

Dear God, show me how to use my talents and my treasures in ways that demonstrate my love for you and for my neighbors. Amen.
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Something More

Join the Henri Nouwen Society for A Spirituality of Fundraising: For Those Who Give & Raise Funds every Wednesday from February 7–March 6, 2024. This webinar series will bring together fundraisers and philanthropists for honest and rich conversations about spiritual postures and practices for health and sustainability. Register here.

Lectionary Readings

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  • Jill Posted January 20, 2024 7:01 am

    Ask Him for help with this. I can’t muster this up on my own. It must be Spirit infused. Otherwise – I would trust in myself, feel prideful. I must be dependent and humble. Praying towards this end consistently. Never trusting in my ability to produce.
    A leisurely day here. Will be watching tennis this morning, while reading, and maybe some school work. I will be meeting my friend to walk on treadmills indoors, as it is too cold to be out. We will then go to her son’s basketball game.
    Grateful for warmth, God’s provision. Father God, give me wisdom to steward what You have blessed me with well.

  • Rusty Posted January 20, 2024 8:40 am

    I like Jill’s answer.

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