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

The world desperately needs strong finishers to show others how to age faithfully. Do not waste a moment of your late life. Consider that your divine assignment in late life is threefold: to grow in relationship with God, to serve others with humility, and to glorify God in all that you do.

In what tangible ways will you complete that assignment today?

—Missy Buchanan, From Dry Bones to Living Hope: Embracing God’s Faithfulness in Late Life (Upper Room Books, 2021)

Today’s Question

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Today’s Scripture

I am confident of this, that the one who began a good work in you will continue to complete it until the day of Jesus Christ.
—Philippians 1:6 (NRSVUE)

Prayer for the Week

Gracious God, open our eyes to see the gifts of this season of life. May we seek your wisdom and pursue our holy purpose with authentic hearts. Amen.
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1 Comment

  • Jill Posted January 28, 2024 11:10 am

    Well – I am grateful to be progressing along the path to be an end of life doula. My course begins May 22 and I am excited to be enrolled. This being my 31st year of teaching, in my state – I have at least 3 more to go to attain “full retirement”. However – I can see myself staying 8-9 more years. I love my job and at this point, don’t really like the idea of paying for my insurance (mine is so good). That being said, dad and I looked at my finances, and I can definitely retire in 3 years. The climate of my school continues to worsen, but within the four walls of my classroom – it is very good, very safe. I will say, though, that there have been a handful of days this year that I thought to myself – I just might be done in 3 more years.
    I feel like God will lead me along this path and that I don’t need to strain in “making” something happen. He opened this new avenue for me, when I had pretty much given up on praying regarding where he would lead me and how he would use my experiences with mom’s struggle. In His timing…I just need to be ready to obey.
    Church was very good this morning, on a dreary, damp, cold morning. I am glad to be home for the remainder of the day. Schoolwork, meal prep, football, possibly a walk if it stops raining and I get motivated. Otherwise – my heated blanket will be my companion for the day.
    A busy week ahead, with something each day following school, either immediately following or later in the evening. Not my preferred pace…but – each one either very good or very necessary – or both.

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