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

I copied scripture word for word, questioning it, prodding the text to uncover what had not been said, speaking back to it about what I found confusing, too good to be true, too hard, too easy, and sometimes trying to rewrite it with details from contemporary life. In this way, I entered into a relationship with scripture. Faith and the Spirit—both mysterious—sustained me through early adulthood, reason opened the door to the Bible, and now imagination exercised through creative writing forged a living relationship to the Bible.

—Jane Herring, One Day I Wrote Back: Interacting with Scripture Through Creative Writing (Upper Room Books, 2015)

Today’s Question

What scripture passages do you have questions about? When have you tried writing your questions about or even to the passage? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

Your word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path.
—Psalm 119:105 (NLT)

Prayer for the Week

Gracious God, your word says that you will always guide me. You are with me during every moment of every day. You will satisfy my needs when I feel frustrated, and you will strengthen me when life makes me weary. Help me to follow your ways as you lead me into a life of fruitfulness and joy. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.

—Adapted from “30 Powerful Prayers to God for Guidance and Direction,” at ConnectUsFund.org

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Something More

Learn from this week’s featured author, Jane Herring, and other spiritual guides at our virtual event, RESILIENCE | Practicing Compassion in a World of Conflict. On September 29-30, 2023, we will explore the transformative power of compassion in a world marked by division. Learn more and register today at UpperRoom.org/resilience.

Lectionary Readings

(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)

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  • robert moeller Posted August 8, 2023 8:13 am

    A recent book/Bible study read and discussed Adam Hamilton’s examinations of difficult Bible passages. As a group we were very encouraged by his explanations. Earlier in
    My faith journey a pastor led us in examining passages that are frequently discussed concerning sexuality and again we agreed that God’s love is inclusive.Adding to that Wesley’s quadrilateral says reason is a factor in understanding scripture. These days science is reason, evidence based. It supports the idea that everyone is different. God made us that way. I’m a firm believer that scripture must be discussed., examined,read and reread. Like our Constitution it was written for the people of that time. We need to understand the messages that are eternal. Thank You, Lord.

  • Julie Posted August 8, 2023 9:26 am

    During Bible study, we read and discuss the lectionary for the coming Sunday. We ask questions and discuss meanings of words, phrases and sentences in the greater concept of the history of the time it was written. We also discuss the ramifications of the scripture for us today.

  • Ally Posted August 8, 2023 6:12 pm

    First, answer to yesterday’s question: I have written reflections to Scripture as part of Bible studies. I did a Beth Moore study on Revelation. Such an intricate book.
    I do have questions about many scriptures. Some Scriptures are inscrutable to me. I think asking questions is what a person of faith should do. Since I started work, I don’t get to attend Bible study at our church. Such good discussions of scripture and faith.
    David has 3 more weeks of PT. His therapist is very pleased with his progress. He is much stronger and since I’ve been back at work, he’s trying to be a little more independent.
    I noticed yesterday, we had comments from new commenters. I bid them welcome. Love to all.

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