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

When God gives us the Holy Spirit, God gives us nothing less than God’s own self—an important emphasis. The Holy Spirit is God here today, present with you and me, right now. Some other metaphors and symbols used in the Bible to describe the Holy Spirit—words like water, fire, breath, wind—can sometimes suggest that the Holy Spirit is only “something divine.” But the Holy Spirit moves far beyond an impersonal “something” to be a “Someone.” When we cry out from our depths, “Come, Spirit, come,” we are crying out for the Lord to come and personally fill our lives.

—Trevor Hudson, Holy Spirit Here and Now (Upper Room Books, 2013)

Today’s Question

What are your earliest memories of God’s love and grace in your life? [question from Holy Spirit Here and Now] Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

[Jesus said,] “I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, to be with you forever.”
—John 14:16 (NRSVUE)

Prayer for the Week

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
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  • robert moeller Posted May 13, 2024 5:40 am

    Today’s question has me thinking over almost 77 years. At the time it happened I wasn’t as aware, hindsight is easier than foresight, At age 22 going through army basic training and weekly worship I asked God to send me where I should go. It wasn’t until two weeks before I ended infantry school training that I learned it wouldn’t be Vietnam, When my orders came I was sent to Korea. A whole new world was about to open up. IT WOULD BE LIFE CHANGING.

    I’m still overjoyed to be off “awaiting moderation” and be back with NEM. As Mark Twain once said, “Rumors of my demise are greatly exaggerated.” Very thankful for the posts from Rusty, Lou, and Jill. It has taken months for this solution to result. Blessed be the tie that binds.

    Lovely spring weather in NH with lots of color from blooming flowers and trees, New and different color almost every day. Much of it reminds me of spring in Korea, No chindallae or cherry blossoms, but forsythia and magnolia. Some different trees that have similar colors to Korean spring. Had a new kind of white kimchi yesterday, a different look, but familiar taste. A nice food for Mother’s Day.
    Baked chicken and Brussels sprouts reminded me of my Mom. Thank You, Lord for many wonderful memories.

  • Rusty Posted May 13, 2024 6:48 am

    Jill, thank you for your post on Saturday. I’ve sat with your words for a bit since then. An experience in contemplation and silence for me as I try to find what God may be saying … to you, to me … and maybe to others.

    When you say you don’t know what to hope for, I think in some small way maybe I have a sense of that feeling. Certainly I cannot claim to know what you are feeling. But my heart wants to say “God does.” I hope against hope I’m not overstepping or misunderstanding – but my heart I think is telling me to simply pray for God’s peace for you and for his will to be done. On earth as it is in heaven.

    May the Lord bless you and keep you.

    Prayers for you and your friend.

  • Rusty Posted May 13, 2024 3:16 pm

    Robert, your faithfulness toward us is awesome! I just finished reading over your pasts over the past however many months. You posted every day even though we couldn’t see them until now! Even though time has passed, I found encouragement reading what you wrote. Thank you, our friend.

  • Jill Posted May 13, 2024 6:37 pm

    It is good to have some posts – thank you for your words, Robert and Rusty. Rusty – thank you for your prayer. Isn’t that the best one…Your will be done, Father. And, yes, more of His peace. You are certainly not overstepping. If I may be so bold to ask that your prayer include – my contentment with each day, satisfied to be in His hand. There can be no better place. And I am confident He is holding me.
    Had a kerfuffle with my sister this morning on the phone. We are so utterly different and from my standpoint – I feel not correctly perceived. And that is a frustration to me. I feel like I express myself clearly…a strength in the classroom. But with my sister, things get distorted. Sent me in a lot of different directions – way off kilter. Today was to be a good day, an easy day – but whamo. Grateful for two dear dear friends who listen well, and offer measured advice. One has known me for quite a long time, and knows how my sister is. I value her opinion. My other friend – my newer tennis friend – but one whom I have connected with deeply – sat with me at dinner and listened so well. I am hoping I returned the favor as we talked about her day yesterday – she visited her mom’s grave and spent the day with her daughters. Tears of joy and sadness. We are good for each other.

  • Rusty Posted May 13, 2024 10:12 pm

    Absolutely. Indeed, Jill. Prayers as you request are on the way. Also including one for your situation with your sister.

    Lord, thank you for this UR family.

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