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’s agape love is what we are called to express toward others for the common good, and our grace gifts are given for the express purpose of doing just that. God has demonstrated love for us and calls us, in turn, to demonstrate that love toward others.

. . . I pray you will come to understand your spiritual grace gifts as expressions of God’s love and then choose to use them for the love of others—the common good.

—Christine Harman, For the Common Good: Discovering and Using Your Spiritual Gifts (Upper Room Books, 2021)

Today’s Question

In what ways are you using your spiritual gifts for the common good? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

[Agape love] always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.
—1 Corinthians 13:7-8 (NIV)

Prayer for the Week

Holy God, help me to discover and use the gifts you have given me to serve you. Guide me to find ways to use my gifts for the common good of others. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.
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  • Jill Posted November 1, 2023 11:18 am

    I am trying to immerse myself in activities which will aid me when I begin my formal training to be an end of life doula in the late Spring. Being involved in the cancer support group, the grief group and volunteering in hospice are growing my heart to continue to embrace the neglected, the discouraged, the hurting. To be able to hold space with another, not necessarily being able to change their circumstance; but, rather, to allow space for hope, for holding the hard, for allowing the other to be heard.
    Rusty – I so appreciate the perspective you shared yesterday…it isn’t us doing something…it is us stewarding. We are not responsible for the ultimate outcome. We are responsible for our obedience and doing our part well, to the utmost of our ability. My classroom is God’s classroom. My hospice patient is one created in God’s image and one deeply loved by God.
    Woke up to snow this morning…the sun is out now and it is beginning to melt. Shorts last week, snow this week.
    Another step in my healing and progress – I was able to be on my elliptical this morning. As much as I hate it – it was good to be on it, because I can see the progression of these past 6 weeks. My incisions continue to heal and fresh skin has emerged, now that my scabs have released themselves.

    • Rusty Posted November 1, 2023 4:17 pm

      Thank you, Jill, for the very thoughtful post.

      Wow – end of life doula. That sounds beautiful. I didn’t know there was such a thing. May I call you in a few years? (Just kidding. 😀). Seriously, though, I’m going to look up more about that.

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