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

When God puts a “finger” on those things in our lives that are inconsistent with God’s will for our wholeness, it is not simply to point them out. It is not just to say that they must go or must be changed. That finger has a hand attached that offers us the nurture into wholeness that we need at that point. This concern for our whole being is the essential nature of God’s knock upon the closed doors of our lives. The knocks come at those points where God is shut out of our lives; and we are imprisoned within, imprisoned by some bondage that does not allow us to be free in God’s love and in God’s will for our wholeness in our life with others.

—M. Robert Mulholland Jr., Shaped by the Word: The Power of Scripture in Spiritual Formation, Anniversary Edition
(Upper Room Books, 2023)

Today’s Question

When has God knocked on a closed door in your life? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

Listen! I am standing at the door, knocking; if you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in and eat with you, and you with me.
—Revelation 3:20 (NRSV)

Prayer for the Week

Help us, O God, to let you do whatever you want to do in our lives. Help us to say yes to you at the center of our being. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
M. Robert Mulholland Jr.Shaped by the Word
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Something More

In a success-oriented world, it is easy for Bible study to become another task to perform rather than a transformational experience. or nearly forty years, Shaped by the Word has shown Christians how to read the Bible not just for information but also for spiritual formation. Learn more about the anniversary edition of this classic here.

Lectionary Readings

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  • Ally Posted October 3, 2023 6:05 am

    I had pretty much closed my heart when David knocked on the door to my heart. I sometimes wonder what might have happened to us had we not met. We have been there for each other through very difficult circumstances and made it through because we had each other. God opened my heart to love. David’s too. Prayers today for a situation I feel caught in. I thank God for David, for our family, for this forum and my friends here.

  • robert moeller Posted October 3, 2023 6:38 am

    There have been several times when God has knocked on my door. I didn’t reply in college, I took advantage in basic training and that continued during mit active duty. Before I returned to Korea to teach I met a pastor.
    Went with my wife and daughter to church when I was a grad student and through most of our time together. God answered the door very gently and with great consolation when my wife passed. Have been answering God’s call ever since. Thank You , Lord
    Wonderful to read Ally’s post this morning, a heartfelt story, prayers for Ally & David.

  • Jill Posted October 3, 2023 8:38 am

    God knocked on the door of my heart in 2003/2004ish. I was very bitter towards Don, and very immature in my life. Priorities were out of balance. What a change he has made in the time since. I am so glad I heeded His call.
    I saw my surgeon this morning and he was very pleased with how my surgery went. It was about what he anticipated, although there was more inflammation in my sciatic than anticipated. He said I can schedule the other side to be done end of November. The scheduler was out of the office due to a death in the family – I am to call the office Friday – she is to return then. If I can get it prior to Thanksgiving – I will, otherwise probably the week prior to Christmas. That would be exam week – so I won’t miss class time with my students. He said I can anticipate continued sensitivity at incision points while sitting for up to 6 weeks.
    Dad got off the cruise Sunday morning. On the five hour drive back to his place – he slept the whole time. He tested positive for Covid later that afternoon. He was in the ER that evening, got checked out and released. His fever has been under control thanks to constant Tylenol. But he is sleeping a lot and is very fatigued. He has a cough and a sore throat. Becky continues to keep a close eye on him. He will turn 90 on Sunday. Thank you for prayers for his recovery.

  • Julie Posted October 3, 2023 9:34 am

    When I felt the need to return to my old church. I am much more fulfilled now with my spiritual growth.

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