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 are a reflection of the diversity of the divine creation in which the image of God is refracted in infinite ways not only through our bodies, minds, and spirits but also by our relationships; in the household of God there are many rooms, and there is room for every last child made in the image of God’s love.

The intricate and interlacing patterns of family; the mirrored themes of love, loss, and longing; these run throughout the stories of our spiritual ancestors—nothing is left out. Within the grand acts and arias of the Bible, the whole of human experience is laid bare, and within its cadences, its syncopated rhythms, its lyric moments, its polyphonic harmony and discord, we find our own family history, suspended somewhere between grief and glory.

—Rosalind C. Hughes, A Family Like Mine: Biblical Stories of Love, Loss, and Longing (Upper Room Books, 2020)

Today’s Question

What image comes to mind when you read about the many mansions, or dwelling places, in God’s household? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

In my Father’s house there are many dwelling places. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you?
—John 14:2 (NRSV)

Prayer for the Week

God of infinite love, thank you for loving us even before we were born. Help us to realize that your family has room for each of us. Guide us to accept ourselves and others as we seek to grow closer to you. Amen.
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  • Julie Posted November 21, 2022 9:28 am

    That there is a place for each person that believes in the Lord. A home in heaven that is ours by our faith in him and that he provides because of his love and his provision. God provides on earth and in heaven he continues to provide for us.
    I spent the day with Megan yesterday and we shopped til we dropped. We bought a Christmas tree and a new topper. We still need to assemble the tree to test the lights to make sure they work. We do not intend to use it this year as the kittens are still in their youth and tend to climb and investigate all things.

  • robert moeller Posted November 21, 2022 9:31 am

    Since the spirit is invisible, I imagine that only the spirit can “see” the mansion in the heavens. Jesus said the invisible is more important than the visible. Jesus came down that we would know of God’s existence. We are very focused on the visible, the concrete. God is like the wind, we know of it’s /God’s presence, but can not see it/God.
    Working on replacing a hot water heater, have a call into a plumber, we may be able to come today.
    Otherwise we are fine. Have food, heat, shelter, and clothing, thank You, Lord.

  • Jill Posted November 21, 2022 9:53 am

    In my mind – I see large ancient buildings, akin to the ones I see on old golf courses, such as the ones used to host the British Open. Not sure why this is where my mind goes.
    This verse – takes me back to mom’s funeral – as this is the verse dad included in the obituary. It seemed strange to me that this was the verse. I did ask him about it some time ago, and I don’t remember his response…other than to say, this is what we believe.
    Another day of sunshine – just helps so much to see brightness when looking out the window. A nice, leisurely start to my two day week, as there was minimal treasurer work this morning and I am prepared for today and tomorrow.
    Last night our teachers’ union voted to reject the contract presented to us. This was not unexpected, as we are very dissatisfied with the safety of our schools. This is not about money, nor health care benefits/costs. It is a distinct possibility that we will strike come January. We will see what the next few days bring.

  • Larry Dyer Posted November 21, 2022 8:47 pm

    When I was a child we had no TV just radio. I did not understand how every Sunday evening Jack Benny got his whole house in the radio. As human physical beings we find it difficult to live and think spiritually. We as spiritual believers have strong beliefs about afterlife. We never die we simply leave the body we have been given ! What JOY we will experience !!!

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