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

God, your peace,
Your comfort,
Your healing presence.

Send them into
The places of deep sadness,
The wounds,
The disappointments,
The tears and aching hearts.

Touch the tear-lined cheeks
With your kiss of peace.

Hold your child close,
Child full of sorrow.
Hold your child close,
Child all alone.

Bring comfort and healing,
Balm for broken hearts,
Freedom from fear,
And courage to face forward.

You are the Miracle Worker,
The Great Healer,
The Mender of the Breach.

Come, now,
Come, quickly,

—Beth A. Richardson, Christ Beside Me, Christ Within Me: Celtic Blessings (Upper Room Books, 2016)

Today’s Question

What persons do you know who are struggling through a difficult time? Pray today’s blessing with those individuals in mind. Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

Out of my distress I called on the Lord;
the Lord answered me and set me in a broad place.
—Psalm 118:5 (NRSV)

Prayer for the Week

Christ with me, Christ before me, Christ behind me,
Christ in me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me.
—Excerpt from a prayer attributed to Saint Patrick
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  • robert moeller Posted November 26, 2023 5:21 am

    Yes, I pray this for my son, Erich. We are so anxious to move to the Poconos. Thankful for snow and the opportunity to ski. Church this morning. Had a safe and good trip to Rhinebeck. Thank You, Lord.

  • Lou Posted November 26, 2023 7:57 am

    Praying for my mom this morning who hasn’t been feeling well and took herself to urgent care yesterday. I think that the great loss of my brother a year ago has taken a huge toll on her and holiday times are tougher – we visited her two weeks ago and she seemed ok- it’s hard to assess from afar – a constant worry. Prayers for all who face health challenges, for all who are alone, for the caregivers who care for them and for all who come to this place today- may God bless you all.

  • Ally Posted November 26, 2023 4:25 pm

    I’m thinking of my dear friend who just received a cancer diagnosis. I’m thanking God my sister and BIL are ok after hitting a deer today. Minimal damage to vehicle as well. Thank You, Lord.
    The prayers and scriptures this week have fed and lifted my soul. I’m ok, but not exactly ok, if that makes sense. I’m still processing the events of this last week. Bless you and thank you for your prayers. I hold you up in prayer as well.

  • Jill Posted November 26, 2023 7:12 pm

    I pray these thoughts with my dearest friend in mine, the one facing these holidays as a divorcee, her heart aching for her children. So many highs and lows this week for her. Time with her daughter, home from out of state. Seeing her kids impacted by her former husband’s choices. She caught a glimpse these past few days of what the holidays of next month could hold for her and her children. God – continue to breach the gap for her. Hold her tears in your hands, and flood her soul with peace. In the shelter of Your wings, may she find solace.
    Don’s 80th birthday party was today – and I think he really enjoyed it. All four of his boys were there and 5 of his grandchildren. Becky is relieved it is over. Her daughters-in-law helped immensely with the decorations and preparation.
    Grateful to have tomorrow off. Taking my friend who had the double knee replacement for a mammogram in the morning and then we will pick up lunch to eat at her house afterwards. I then have physical therapy. Meeting Becky at a furniture store near my house to look for a sofa.
    These five days off have been a nice break – now will be a three week push towards exams and my surgery.
    Worship this morning was very meaningful. Looking forward to the Sundays of Advent.

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