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

My therapist was right. I needed to halt my brain and body’s automatic response to my mother’s sudden illness and death to begin my journey of healing. I needed to cut off my cognitive engine and pull the parking brake. But—in accordance with my control-freak, teacherly ways—I knew I had to write my own curriculum. No apps; no technology. I had to forge my own meditation path, one that would work for me—the restless, bossy woman who doesn’t like to sit still, be quiet, and listen to God.

—J. Dana Trent, One Breath at a Time: A Skeptic’s Guide to Christian Meditation (Upper Room Books, 2019)

Today’s Question

How might meditation help you find healing and allow you to listen to God? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

Heal me, LORD, and I’ll be healed.
Save me and I’ll be saved,
for you are my heart’s desire.
—Jeremiah 17:14 (CEB)

Prayer for the Week

Spirit of God, comfort and renew us with each breath we take. Amen.
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  • robert moeller Posted January 11, 2022 5:28 am

    I’m not sure how meditation might help me find healing and allow me to listen to God. I don’t know enough about meditation. I am very aware from experience and our current worship series that LOVE NEVER ENDS. Love existed before me, created me, sustains me, and carries me on. God is LOVE. Thank You, Lord.
    Will take time today to be in touch with NEM family and post again this afternoon.

  • Jill Posted January 11, 2022 10:23 am

    I am not sure if I truly meditate. But I think the time I spend in silence and stillness is a type of meditation for me. Going over a verse or two and being meditative, by my definition, is a practice for me.
    Again, so very cold, and I didn’t venture out for my run. Back to the elliptical. It is good to see the blue sky with sun, but know it is very crisp out.
    Lots of treasurer work to do, as our system received an upgrade and was shut down for a couple of days.
    Dad is sounding antsy. The long, cold days keep him in the house for the most part. His real estate agent isn’t in as frequent contact as my dad wishes he was. I try to encourage him, but he keeps thinking back to how long and challenging last January and February was until he got the booster. He doesn’t have plans to go down to my sister’s, as he is hoping his condo will sell. So – he doesn’t have that to look forward to.
    Persevering in prayer for our sister, Julie.

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