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

I always have the option of checking out, of course. I can check my email on my phone. I can get lost in the cocktail party in my mind or peruse my mental curio cabinet of worries. I can start thinking about when I’ll grade papers, how I’ll write about this experience later today, or how I’ll lead next week’s online intensive class. There’s a time for that kind of planning, to be sure, and when that time comes, I hope I will give the work my fullest attention. But now is not that time. Right now the call is to return to the present, where the gift of summer is unfolding before me, where God’s Spirit is gently blowing, where my own life is being lived.

—L. Roger Owens, Everyday Contemplative: The Way of Prayerful Living (Upper Room Books, 2022)

Today’s Question

What do you need to put aside in order to give your fullest attention to the present?
Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

Eli said to Samuel, “Go, lie down; and if he calls you, you shall say, ‘Speak, LORD, for your servant is listening.’” So Samuel went and lay down in his place.
—1 Samuel 3:9 (NRSV)

Prayer for the Week

Nurturing God, tend our lives like a patient gardener. May our desire for you grow as your grace works the soil of our lives. Amen. Submit your prayer to The Upper Room.

Something More

The Upper Room will host a free live webinar on Tuesday, February 15, 2022, from 6:00-7:00 p.m. (CST) to introduce our Lenten offerings—a new book, Unrevealed Until Its Season, and its accompanying eCourse, Listening Through Lent. Join the conversation with author Rev. Dr. James C. Howell and Publisher Rev. Kimberly Orr as they talk about music, life, and Lent. Register here.

Lectionary Readings

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  • Julie Posted February 5, 2022 8:57 am

    Fear…fear of the future and fear that I may not have a future.
    Prayers for Ally and her sisiter, may they gain access to their parents’ home to remove cherished family mementos.
    Prayers for Larry to travel safely to Florida. Prayers for Robert as he mourns the loss of a friend and the missed opportunity to visit together.
    Prayers everyone is safe and warm during this very cold and very snowy weather. We had a quarter inch of ice and then 4 inches of snow on top and due to the frigid temps all will refreeze and it is treacherous out. Be safe everyone.

  • Jill Posted February 5, 2022 12:24 pm

    My biggest distraction is when I get caught up in concern for my dad. I feel like it has been in its proper space lately, although I know he has been struggling the last few weeks with being more housebound than usual, and with his achy shoulder. His trip to Florida is coming at just the right time, similarly to last year. It will be good for him to get to warm weather, a change of scenery and my sister who will keep him busy with various activities.
    Out this morning to volunteer with the boys basketball league. Most roads were in decent shape and the sun out now is helping quite a bit, even though it is just 20 degrees.
    Watching my god daughter’s basketball game while also working on some school work. First match of the spring tennis season is at 5 this evening. I told dad I would pick him up. Tomorrow is the cancer support meeting, so will not be attending my church. I will mention this to him this evening and hope he will come along with me.

  • Ally Posted February 5, 2022 4:44 pm

    I need to find a way to put my worries and burdens aside in order to focus on the present. This is very hard for me. Today’s UR devotional focused oh how we may as humans, not comprehend, or may be even disturbed, by the infiniteness of God, but that we can have perfect thrust in God and God’s love and protection. Lord, help me to have perfect trust in the knowledge that You will never leave or forsake me. Amy has asked for an appointment with a real estate attorney regarding our efforts to get access to our mother’s house. I’m also looking into opportunities to earn income while waiting to hear from disability so we can keep our heads above water.
    Prayers for Robert and his fellow church members as they keep things going while waiting on a pastor. Special Prayers as he mourns the loss of his friend. Prayers for Julie, that her health be restored and that she feel God’s peace regarding her fears. Prayers continue for a fair and equitable settlement for her. Prayers for Jill that she feel safe at school and for Larry as he travels to Florida. Prayers for little Roger, that he may be restored u good health. Prayers for peace and the cause of democracy. Love and blessings to all.

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