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

Humility as a practice also opens us to curiosity about others and about what God is doing in the world. In the “normal” hierarchical world of blessing, only those who are the most famous and successful are interesting and worthy of attention. This is why so many people spend their lives comparing themselves to others in a negative light, always finding themselves falling short, full of inadequacies.

Yet we know that we are all at the same time dust and formed in God’s image. Humility allows us to let go of this toxic view of human value and begin to appreciate each person. In our community, we become increasingly interested in the life of every member, we see an entire universe in each human life, and we are in awe of the manifest ways that God’s image enters the world. This practice alone is socially transforming. . . . Imagine if every person was shown loving interest and attention! This is what happens in a community that practices fearless humility. All are appreciated; all gifts are honored; all are seen as bearers of God’s spirit as each is freed to be a loving presence to one another.

—Daniel Wolpert, “Who is Blessed? The Practice of Fearless Humility,” in Looking Inward, Living Outward: The Spiritual Practice of Social Transformation (Upper Room Books, 2024)

Today’s Question

How might you show “loving interest and attention” today to someone you often overlook?
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Today’s Scripture

As God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience.
—Colossians 3:12 (NRSVUE)

Prayer for the Week

Help me to order my life around you, O God, and guide me to social action that manifests the beloved community—your kingdom on earth. Amen.
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Something More

In his revelatory new book, Looking Inward, Living Outward, popular spiritual leader Daniel Wolpert calls us back to a life of prayer and core specific spiritual practices that re-orient our gaze outward in acts of social transformation. Learn more and order your copy here.

Lectionary Readings

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1 Comment

  • robert moeller Posted May 29, 2024 6:55 am

    Love your neighbor as your self, pray for others, be kind, do unto them as you would have them do to you. It starts right at home. I’m trying to do what is needed to help Erich and I will continue to do so.
    Thank You, Lord.

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