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

Caregiving, as well as sin, jerks us off our feet into the dirt of despair, loneliness, and anger. But we don’t have to stay there, because God has provided an unbreakable, permanent foundation of forgiveness when we slip into lack of trust and self-pity. We need only to grasp the hand God offers and hold on like a trusting child. God will help us get to our feet. We are loved and always forgiven; we need only to claim God’s gifts.

—Nell E. Noonan, Not Alone: Encouragement for Caregivers (Upper Room Books, 2009)

Today’s Question

What do you do you when you fall into despair, loneliness, or anger?
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Today’s Scripture

Only God can keep you from falling and make you pure and joyful in his glorious presence. Before time began and now and forever, God is worthy of glory, honor, power, and authority. Amen.
—Jude 24-25 (CEV)

Prayer for the Week

God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
Courage to change those things I can,
And wisdom to know the difference.
Prayer attributed to Reinhold Neibuhr
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  • robert moeller Posted August 26, 2022 6:17 am

    My moments of despair, loneliness, or anger, very thankfully, don’t last long. Not sure how to explain this, but I think I am wired to a positive pole. God surely helped me when Soo Ok passed away. I felt supported, reassured even though I was sad. Here I am 25 years later thinking of what would be her 74th birthday on Monday.
    CCUMC has dwindling membership numbers and yet three of us are about to start Lay Servant classes. One member is preparing to be a certified lay pastor. There is Hope. Our dashed effort to move to the Poconos is still alive as we plan and save for a new effort. Quite unforeseen just a short time ago, there’s help with student debt. Thank You, Lord.
    Prayers for caregivers. We all have care giving responsibilities, some more strenuous and aggravating than others, but God will and has seen us through. A safe school year, fair and honest elections without violence, wellbeing, and continuing thanks and praise to God in three persons. Blessings to you all, now and always.

  • Julie Posted August 26, 2022 8:57 am

    Pray and reach out to others in my situation.
    H and a friend are getting the boat of the water today. However, a person has expressed interest in buying the boat and I am hopeful this will be an answer to prayers. Please pray that this person buys the boat and takes possession quickly negating the need to remove the boat and ridding me of this money drain.
    Prayers for Ally and David, for health and finances and kitties. Prayers for Jill and her friend and her friend’s mother. Prayers for Robert and his fellow church members, may they all be successful in their classes and achieve their goals of certification.

  • Jill Posted August 26, 2022 4:50 pm

    This morning I fell into despair and was quite unprepared for it. It is so very hard to see my closest people struggling, and I am helpless to assist. Of course, I pray – and there is hope in that. But, I want to just hug them, kidnap them, take them to a serene site and sit and be with them around a campfire.
    My best friend’s marriage is a wreck and she shared some with me about it this morning on the way to school. A colleague asked me how I was doing – and I started crying. I thought I was going to pull myself together, but when we sat down in the cafeteria at our meeting, I was sobbing. She compassionately put her hand on my arm while I just bowed my head and wept. She had another colleague come over, asking me if I was ok. Then, my principal came over and told me it was ok to leave to my office, to take as much time as I needed. I am grateful for their compassion and protection of me. I retreated to my room, prayed and paced and was able to gather myself.
    My friend texted me midmorning and said it would not be much longer for her mom. By 1:00 she was gone.
    I am grateful to have this week of meetings behind me. There have been a lot of emotions, too – and these will likely move forward as my friend grieves. I am just glad she has a measure of closure after being at her mom’s bedside since Tuesday. I pray her conversations with her daughters and her sisters go well and that there is peace and understanding between her and her sisters.
    I have a pretty full weekend – dad and I are golfing tomorrow afternoon and will likely grab dinner afterwards. Sunday is a joint birthday party for both of my god children and a meeting at church in the evening. It will probably be a good thing to be busy. Somewhere in there I hope to touch base with my friend. I am trying to give her space, but want to speak with her. Balance, I am aiming for balance.

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