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

Henri insists that in order to act lovingly and to embrace fundraising as a way of loving, we must allow ourselves to be possessed by God’s love. To grow in the knowledge and experience of God’s love is to know who we are and where we belong. Everything we say or do as fundraisers will be determined by the depth of our experience of love and by our ability to return to God’s loving embrace.

—Henri J.M. Nouwen with Nathan Ball, A Spirituality of Fundraising Workbook Edition (Upper Room Books, 2019)

Today’s Question

What does it look like to “be possessed by God’s love”? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

The LORD, your God, is in your midst,
a warrior who gives victory;
he will rejoice over you with gladness,
he will renew you in his love;
he will exult over you with loud singing.
—Zephaniah 3:17 (NRSVUE)

Prayer for the Week

Dear God, show me how to use my talents and my treasures in ways that demonstrate my love for you and for my neighbors. Amen.
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Something More

Join the Henri Nouwen Society for A Spirituality of Fundraising: For Those Who Give & Raise Funds every Wednesday from February 7–March 6, 2024. This webinar series will bring together fundraisers and philanthropists for honest and rich conversations about spiritual postures and practices for health and sustainability. Register here.

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1 Comment

  • Jill Posted January 19, 2024 6:34 pm

    To be possessed by God’s love – for me that would look like intentional living on my part – being gentle, compassionate, generous in gifting time and attention to another. Striving to be Christ to another. Father God, may it be so.
    Another glorious snow day – and it really wasn’t necessary. Roads were fine this morning, a little snow covered at noon and fine for the rush hour evening traffic. I met my friend for lunch and went back to her house to go through the next chapter of the book we are reading. It was very relaxing. Her dogs are not fond of the cold temps.
    I got out for a walk this morning, with the snow gently falling and temps in the upper 20s. Tomorrow is going to be brisk with temps in the teens and wind.
    The kittens and I are enjoying much couch time together. Next week will most assuredly be the first 5 day school week of the New Year. I am bracing myself. I did book a flight to Florida in three weeks. So – I can be looking forward to that. Using two of my attendance incentive days to go down and visit Becky, Don and dad. It will be over Super Bowl weekend, so that will be nice.

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