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 JESUS SAYS, “I am the way,” he is letting us know that the route that’s always reliably open is the God in whom Jesus put his faith. Our deepest identity is not to be found in all the changing ways we find to get around in this life; rather, it is in our following Jesus’ way of trusting God through all our changes. Harold reminds us that in all life’s losses, God wants to make a way for us. In trusting this is so, we may be granted “strength and help to move forward” into the Holy Mystery that lies ahead.

—Susan Carol Scott
Still Praying After All These Years: Meditations for Later Life

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Today’s Question

Where have you felt God’s strength and help in moving forward?  Share your thoughts.

Today’s Scripture

Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.—John 14:6, NRSV

Prayer for the Week

Sustainer of all that is, give me faith that hopes in what I can and cannot see. Thank you for giving me life and for the small miracles that find me each day. Submit your prayer to The Upper Room Living Prayer Center or share it in the comment section.

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  • robert moeller Posted July 23, 2019 6:45 am

    Searching for a new church before the move, then attending that church, and transferring my membership this Sunday I think the Spirit has guided me. Helping with a fund raiser, going to Bible study, and the possibility of an Emmaus Walk this fall were/is positives. They are small miracles. Thank You, Lord.

    Some dental work is coming, glad to have found good help, hope there are resources to make it happen. Have insurance but am sure it will not cover a lot of what may be needed.

    Prayers your needs are met, God knows them and both cares for and loves you.

  • Jill Posted July 23, 2019 7:34 am

    God is leading me into an even deeper relationship with Him – and it is so much more than I could ever hope for. While the depth of discomfort was so real with mom’s ordeal, the replenishing hope I have in Him and how He will not waste suffering – it beckons me into newness each day. I am astounded – probably shouldn’t be, but I am. The radical comfort, the things I see with changed eyes and heart – it can still be quite overwhelming.
    Grateful that the heat spell is over here and less humid air is here and windows are open. Dad helped me assemble a new lawn mower yesterday – and I must try it out today, as my lawn is looking pretty scraggly. Dad is coming over to help me hang some new blinds also.

  • Julie Posted July 23, 2019 8:03 am

    In my current situation, I would not be able to move forward at all without God’s strength. It is only through His help and the strength that He gives me each day that I can continue to fight for myself, finally. His love has helped also by showing me I am worth fighting for.
    Mammogram today so short missive. Please pray for clear readings.
    Home yesterday from mom’s. My mother can be difficult to be with at times. She tends to be negatve and quick to catastrophic thinking. She tends is quick to complain. But I love her and have matured much over the years and tend to be less reactive. Much rolls off my back, life is short and not worth angst.
    Prayers for each of the UR family, more lengthy tomorrow

  • Mary Ng Shwu Ling Posted July 23, 2019 10:11 am

    God is helping me to move forward with His strength in a deeper prayer life and the joy of serving Him.

    Thank you God!


  • Andrea Posted July 23, 2019 11:07 am

    “God wants to make a way for us. In trusting this is so, we may be granted “strength and help to move forward” into the Holy Mystery that lies ahead.”
    My daughter has started working and I have been busy babysitting, lots of driving across the metro area. Thank you for your prayers, which I feel every day. Now I need to prepare for hosting house guests three times in August. The house is in disarray and I ask for your prayers to get on top of it. Housework is my weak area – how I would love to keep a perennially neat and clean house, ready for guests to drop in anytime. In a week, I turn 70.

    Prayers for Jill and her father, thankful they are sharing so much time this summer. Prayers for Robert and Erich, thankful their move has gone successfully. Prayers for Julie and Megan, thankful for their good vacation time together with their mother/grandmother – prayers for her too. Prayers for Mary, thankful she finds joy in flower arranging. Prayers for Connie and her husband, thankful she enjoys her hummingbirds and flowers. Prayers for Betsy and her move, and for her grandson, thankful they will be closer and able to spend more time together. Prayers for all UR friends and for those who stop by to read the reflection and pray. May you all have a blessed day.

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