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

In [the] later season of life, our hopes and expectations are sometimes disappointed. At such times, our faith in life’s goodness may be shaken. At other times, expecting nothing or anticipating the worst, we are pleasantly surprised by the small miracles that happen to meet our needs. While the world God created isn’t entirely our personal oyster, small miracles remind us that God often provides us with enough to survive and, sometimes, with enough to thrive.

—Susan Carol Scott, Still Praying After All These Years: Meditations for Later Life (Upper Room Books, 2019)

Today’s Question

What “small miracle” is seeking you out? When it finds you, give thanks. Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.
—Hebrews 11:1, NRSV

Prayer for the Week

Sustainer of all that is, give me faith that hopes in what I cannot see. Thank you for the small miracles that find me each day.
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  • robert moeller Posted April 19, 2021 5:30 am

    “What “small miracle” is seeking you out? When it finds you, give thanks. ” Somehow it doesn’t seem small. that one day my son, daughter, and I will be peacefully reunited, Yes, there will be great thanks on that day, Today, a now laughable memory, when 46 years ago the wedding cake was accidentally
    knocked on the floor. A new , better cake was baked overnight, picked up in the morning and enjoyed after the wedding ceremony. That was a very “small miracle”. More in a moment.

  • robert moeller Posted April 19, 2021 5:42 am

    Most certainly prayers for peace where Julie and Megan live, may a good resolution come soon, thankful for the power of the Spirit with Lou’s family, a good, successful trip to and from San Diego for Jill ad her tennis partner, the right job and continued healing for Ally , progress for David, The blessings of the day for everyone. Thank You, Lord. The transition to a new pastor is underway.

  • Julie Posted April 19, 2021 8:50 am

    I question how one is to answer this question. If it is a small miracle that is waiting to happen, then I do not know it yet. But I will be sure and be thankful when it arrives.
    The day with h went as I feared. He was surely and questioning of things that have been around for many months. Glad is already gone this morning, but he will return. I am having leg pain when I walk. I fear a stress fracture due to my advanced osteoporosis. My doctor does nothing for the pain and tells me it is mormal whcih seems wrong.
    Prayers for Robert and his children, may his hope of reconcilation be a miracle God also sees for their future.
    Prayers for Ally’s thumb to heal completely and for a telecommuting job to be available for her. Prayers for David’s continued healing as well.
    Prayers for Jill and her tennis partner, may God hold them in His protective arms as they travel.
    Prayers for Lou and her family, may they all be reunited as she makes travel plans to visit.
    Prayers for the UR

  • April Posted April 19, 2021 12:11 pm

    Miracles are found in the Bible and here today as we recognize what has truly happened in several situations. I am slow to acknowledge and give thanks, but today’s message alerts me to be observant and give Him the thanks and praise.
    Our second sessions of multi-culture in the church was last night. It was our first of guest speakers. Our leader, a pastor, was so cautious about preventing disrupting the speaker that we were given instructions to not ask questions or interrupt during the presentation. Afterwards he explained that he was worried about what we might say/ask. I was disappointed that he did not trust us and our actions….we are all church members of our church….hummmmmmm. Anyway, I got a glimpse into the life of a pastor….and I pray for pastors and leaders.
    I pray for your safety Julie as you await the court decisions. You are a Beloved Child of God!!
    I pray for Robert and his family, Lou and her family, Ally and David as they await jobs and continued healing, Jill and her family. For those named and unnamed, my prayers are that we all will feel the hug of Jesus as we travel the road of life, knowing He is watching over us 24/7.

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