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

Psalm 83 speaks to our faith journey from within this matrix of enemies and calls for us to trust in divine deliverance. Its opening invocation sets the stage. . . . Facing enemies is hard enough—facing enemies with a silent God is unbearable. The plea of verse 1 captures the blend of thoughts, feelings, and premonitions we experience when we are fighting for our lives. . . . As long as the scourges of police violence, community violence, and intimate partner violence are injuring our people, we must urge God to speak through sermons, through prayer, through laws and regulations, and through cultural consensus that prioritizes nonviolence and peace.

—Gabby Cudjoe-Wilkes and Andrew Wilkes, Psalms for Black Lives: Reflections for the Work of Liberation (Upper Room Books, 2022)

Today’s Question

When have you seen evidence of God’s deliverance from enemies? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

Deliver me from my enemies, O my God;
protect me from those who rise up against me.
—Psalm 59:1 (NRSVUE)

Prayer for the Week

Gracious God of Liberation, free us from our enemies. And when we are the enemies, transform us from oppressing others into removing the yoke from their necks and practicing freedom. In Christ’s name, Amen. —Prayer from Psalms for Black Lives by Gabby Cudjoe-Wilkes and Andrew Wilkes
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  • Rusty Posted February 9, 2024 5:45 am

    Still thinking about Julie’s post yesterday. To add here a bit more to what I wrote late yesterday, Julie, of course you are the only one who can speak to your experience, but it seems to me your Renaud’s diagnosis and treatment iare a deliverance by God from THE enemy, Satan and his minions. I have through the years of my Christian journey come to find that it is meaningful for me to see “enemies” on a human level to be people who have fallen under the Enemy’s power to confuse us and drive us away from God and God’s goodness. Or, the one that huts us truly the evil one.

    Jesus faced all the temptations we face and he knows suffering better than anyone because he took on himself the sin of the world Jesus, the Christ and incarnate God, is our deliverance. In the end he is our only deliverance.

    This is the Gospel we are to persuade the world to accept – and I see so much resistance among the people of the world to what ought to be good news. Jesus has freed us! If we would only trust him. But people can’t or won’t accept this. Either they think it’s a fairy story or it’s too much of an affront to their rugged individualism and independence. Lord, how do we change this?

    Perhaps we don’t. You, Lord, change hearts. We are incapable of “converting” anybody. Maybe the best we can do is be obedient in telling and living the Christian story and Gospel and then to have faith in you, and to find peace in your justice – and in your Love.

  • Jill Posted February 9, 2024 9:14 am

    I think my biggest enemy is myself. And Christ has helped me overcome my sinful nature, to a certain extent. I pray He continues to strengthen me. I have learned to have better boundaries in relationships, to lighten expectations. I listened to a podcast this week at it spoke of “holy indifference”…not caring too much, but appropriately. How I need this. I believe my deep friendship with my friend with the dogs is significantly diminishing. I have been grieving it for about three weeks now. I bared my heart to her and it wasn’t great and we haven’t spoken since we last had lunch on that snow day 3 weeks ago. The podcast was balm to my soul…God speaking to me through that. How I need His help to have a holy indifference. She has been the primary influencer on me in the last 20 years…we met when my spiritual growth spurt was occurring. How well she discipled me. Along with holy indifference, my prayer is also that God will “unmake” me concerning our relationship. I heard this term, too, in a podcast or read it in a blog. He can make me new…and our relationship will be different, if it continues. I am trusting Him. Still grieving. Grateful it’s a both/and.
    I am flying this evening to see my dad, sister and Don. Will have four days with them and the weather looks like it will be glorious.

    • Rusty Posted February 9, 2024 10:05 am

      Jill, I will pray for you and your friend. Lord, I pray that the following will be helpful:

      I’ve had friends (one in particular) that I’ve had awkwardness (falling out at some level?) following deep conversation that ended with something like a “truce” but not resolution. In the instance I’m thinking of we had a longstanding friendship that spanned years and many dimensions. We both were craving some kind of reconnection, but neither knew a comfortable way to re-establish it. Then, after a time (weeks, at least) one of us reached out to the other by text to simply say “hope things are going well.” I honestly don’t recall who initiated the reconnect but I know it resulted in a short gracious reply and we both knew the foundation of our friendship still there. I believe the next meeting was sometime thereafter and the purpose for getting together had to do with a completely benign topic (I think it was music) – something we had some history around.

      Our relationship is different now than it was before,, when the awkwardness happened, but we know a bit more about each other. We don’t meet as regularly as before, but we simply can’t , anyway, because of my own family illness risk circumstances. Point being, we acknowledge it’s not “the same” but it’s still good, if a different kind of good.

      And your holy indifference is a wonderful concept. I will pray about that too.

      Bless you , Jill., and God bless all who come here.

      • Jill Posted February 9, 2024 5:48 pm

        I appreciate this, Rusty.

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