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? Join the conversation.

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

This week’s featured book, Psalms for Black Lives, is now available in audiobook. Listen, pray, and develop a justice imagination. Learn more here.

Lectionary Readings

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1 Comment

  • Rusty Posted February 11, 2024 6:22 am

    Ally, prayers for you and David as he recovers from his knee injury. Prayers also for safe travels and for a smooth successful peer specialist exam Monday. Thank you for the important work you do and for your dedication in seeking the certification. I am confident that God will be with you during the exam and as you progress through this next phase of your efforts to care for others.

    Andrea, prayers for you and Lowell as you both face his health challenges. Thank you, Lord, for the past week without crises and with decent pain control. Prayers for God’s blessings and mercy during this coming week of chemo and radiation treatments. Lord, please guard Lowell’s bones and give Andrea the strength she needs in caring for him.

    Today’s question is an interesting one. I feel so strongly that God intimately and deeply cares for me and cares about my life. Why? Well, that is a more difficult thing to put into words. My slightly academic answer is that I read about that in the Bible in Jesus’s discourses such as in the Gospel of John, in the crucifixion, in Philippians and the letter to the Hebrews, in God creating us and in his declaration of it to be “very good.” Maybe academic isn’t’ the right word, because I feel his love strongly as I read scripture. But beyond that, I just feel his love, I feel his his caring, in my very existence. In every breath I breathe, in every prayer I pray, knowing he is listening to me, building me, guiding me, comforting me, being patient with me.

    I feel deep in my bones that my life matters to him because . . . well, because he is the great I am. And that’s just who he is.

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