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

If we are to hear our own soul speak, we need first to discern what the voice of God sounds like and to trust that we are perceiving the Divine initiative in our lives. The confusion comes when we attribute God’s voice to other voices. As children, what we first heard from our parents is what we integrate as truth, even when that “truth” is false or abusive. Many other voices in our lives also interject their authority: an influential teacher, an overbearing pastor, an older sibling, or a dehumanizing boss. Sifting through the messages we have internalized—positive or negative—is a lifelong process. . . .

So what does the voice of God sound like? First, the voice of God is life-giving rather than life-diminishing. The voice of God is full of grace and mercy toward each one of us.

—Marsha Crockett, “The Path of Discernment,” in Speak, My Soul: Listening to the Divine with Holy Purpose (Upper Room Books, 2024)

Today’s Question

How do you recognize the Divine voice within? [question from Speak, My Soul] Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope.
—Jeremiah 29:11 (NRSVUE) 

Prayer for the Week

Dear God, stay with me. Help me still my mind so that I can hear you speak within my soul. Amen.
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Something More

In Speak, My Soul, spiritual guide Marsha Crockett points us to seven inner pathways to help us slow down, listen, and draw closer to God. Explore the sacred paths of discernment, discipline, abiding, wilderness, identity, community, and contemplation in this practical and inspiring new resource. Learn more here.

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  • robert moeller Posted April 30, 2024 5:24 am

    The desire to connect with God helps me discern, recognize the voice of God. Listen with your soul, your heart. Thank You. Lord.

    It was a huff and puff trip up Middle Mountain yesterday, but I made it to the top. Going down was much easier. Very glad I made it. Good views even though not 360 degrees. Warmer weather, 60s and low 70s. Special church conference went well, we now have an administrative board that is more efficient Thank You, Lord.

  • Lou Posted April 30, 2024 12:30 pm

    Todays scripture is my favorite – the Lord speaks to me from within and without if I but listen. Too many things often crowd out His voice- it’s up to me to quiet myself and listen.
    I enjoyed a busy week with my youngest visiting – she fills my house and my heart and when I dropped her at the airport early this morning it was with sadness because I so enjoy her energy- now regrouping to go help my mother through a surgical procedure and then looking forward to a week away visiting my older daughter. So thankful for the energy they provide.
    Prayers for all here – especially Jill as she finishes the school year and Ally as she continues to support her family and friends and April who I hope continues to bless others with her gardening gifts! Prayers also for Rusty and Robert and Julie and everyone who comes to this space.

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