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

We don’t just love the Lord out of instinct. Instead, according to the psalmist, our love for God is justified because God is the one who hears our voice and our pleas. Most intimately of all, God is the one who “bends down to listen.” God answers our prayers and angles down from the divine throne to hear all our problems and petitions. This psalm provides us with an image of a God who is always present, always before us.

—Gabby Cudjoe-Wilkes and Andrew Wilkes, Psalms for Black Lives: Reflections for the Work of Liberation (Upper Room Books, 2022)

Today’s Question

What helps you believe that your life matters to God?
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Today’s Scripture

I love the Lord because he hears my voice
and my prayer for mercy.
Because he bends down to listen,
I will pray as long as I have breath!
—Psalm 116:1-2 (NLT)

Prayer for the Week

Gracious God of Liberation, free us from our enemies. And when we are the enemies, transform us from oppressing others into removing the yoke from their necks and practicing freedom. In Christ’s name, Amen.
Prayer from Psalms for Black Lives by Gabby Cudjoe-Wilkes and Andrew Wilkes
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Something More

Engage the Psalms as a contemplative resource in the holy, demanding work of pursuing justice, undoing structural racism, and building a society that truly values Black lives. Learn more about the latest release from Upper Room Books, Psalms for Black Lives: Reflections for the Work of Liberation.

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  • robert moeller Posted August 7, 2022 2:37 pm

    A very profound question. I think I would have had a different answer at different times in my faith journey as my awareness of God’s presence grew. I believe this is true. It is a spiritual truth .
    Was busy this morning getting things ready for church, just turning to the daily reflection now. Guess I expected , hoped for some posts already , maybe I’ll see them after I send this. Had a very nice service today despite the heat. Hope you are all safe and staying cool. Thank You, Lord.

  • Ally Posted August 7, 2022 6:06 pm

    Lately, God has shown me how I matter through our friends, who have been Christ to us during our present situation. Right now, I feel overwhelmed by everything. Pray that I will be understanding as I care for David. Please continue prayers for his restoration of function. He’s been unsteady even with use of walker. Lewis is not doing as well I hoped he would by now. Scout is doing ok. Holding her own. Pray for the United Methodist Church , as churches are voting to disafilliate over disinformation and false narrative. Lord, in Your mercy, here our prayers.

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