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

With grateful thanks
We receive the bounty of this earth.

Giver of plenty,
You are the source of
Plants and meat,
Milk and herbs,
Clean water and safe homes.

Bless this harvest,
Its beautiful colors.
Bless this bounty,
Its nourishing substance.

Bless the livestock
And those who keep them.
Bless the farmers, the workers,
The gleaners, far and near.

Bless the hungry,
Those who have no homes,
Those displaced by drought or violence.
Give succor to the people in their need.

Bless this world and all its creatures.
All that we are,
All that we have,
Are gifts of your creation.

—Beth A. Richardson, Christ Beside Me, Christ Within Me: Celtic Blessings (Upper Room Books, 2016)

Today’s Question

How can you express gratitude today for the gifts of creation? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

The earth has yielded its harvest. God blesses us—our God blesses us!
—Psalm 67:6 (CEB)

Prayer for the Week

Christ with me, Christ before me, Christ behind me,
Christ in me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me.
—Excerpt from a prayer attributed to Saint Patrick
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  • Jill Posted November 23, 2023 6:13 am

    I will be going out for my morning walk here soon. My walk will begin with gratitude for the light in which I walk…much different from the darkness of my 5:30 walks before school. I will look at the trees – now mostly stark, but a few with some leaves stubbornly hanging on. I will ask God to show me my stubbornness and seek His forgiveness and assistance in unprying my greedy hands. I will look for the ever industrious squirrels, darting here and there – and ask God to energize me for efforts he has planned for me.
    Prayers of thanksgiving for encouragement, words and thoughts shared here. May God bless the time we will spend with loved ones this day. For relationships that are hard, may there be an extra measure of grace we unconditionally extend. For loved ones no longer with us – may we be sensitive to those still deeply mourning their absences. May compassion be our first and only response in our conversations.
    Father God – thank You for another Thanksgiving. You are prepping us for the unimaginable Thanksgiving celebration which will extend through all eternity, in the home You are preparing for us. Come quickly, Lord Jesus. Until then, may we be Your light in our little section of the world. Sustain, each day, each moment.
    Praying for you, Ally – the circumstances of the week.

    • Rusty Posted November 23, 2023 7:58 am


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