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

This approach [hourglass worrying] lets you examine each singular worry, consider it from all angles, think about its impact on your life, see its history and place in your life, and then give it to God. You might find yourself taking it back again, but that’s all right. As long as you continue to deal with just one worry at a time, no matter how big or small, you’re not overwhelming yourself with a huge catalogue of worries.

Each time you give the worry to God, you will find it a little easier to leave it in God’s hands. If you take the worry back, its strength will have diminished.

—Patricia Wilson, Freedom from Worry: 28 Days of Prayer (Upper Room Books, 2012)

Today’s Question

What do you think about the hourglass approach to worrying?
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Today’s Scripture

Don’t be anxious about anything; rather, bring up all of your requests to God in your prayers and petitions, along with giving thanks. Then the peace of God that exceeds all understanding will keep your hearts and minds safe in Christ Jesus.
—Philippians 4:6-7 (CEB)

Prayer for the Week

Loving God, I am weighed down by worrying so much. Help me remember that you care for me and my needs. I bring my anxieties to you and trust in your power to relieve them. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.
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  • robert moeller Posted July 19, 2022 5:28 am

    I gave up my worry about connecting with Amtrak and made the connection with ease. Am in Rhinebeck with Jenny. Willa. Oona, and Chris.
    Had a angel like experience after I made it to Albany about two hours earlier than expected. Talked to a woman beside me while watching trains and having a sandwich. A fascinating and pleasant conversation the whole time. Thank You, Lord. The Conversation with God discussion continues this morning at 9:30.
    Everyone is fine here, the girls are in day camp programs they are enjoying, but there will be time to visit with them.
    Be safe the new Covid variants are out and
    about. Stay cool in this heat. Thank You, Lord.
    I like this hourglass approach to worrying.

  • Julie Posted July 19, 2022 8:49 am

    I like the concept, however, I am aware that when something is on one’s mind it often comes unbidden into our minds at odd times. This is especially true at night.
    I lost sleep last night because I had a fraught day yesterday. I had to call the police because some people who have taken advantage of h were in my driveway and would not leave. They got him to give them a very, very large amount of money and then he heard nothing from them again. However, when the police arrived they said they were caring for him. The police believed them, why I have no idea since they had no proof.. Please pray for me as I do not know how to proceed. H told me he knows I am his caregiver and that they would never do so.
    Prayers for Ally and David, for rehab to be completed successfully and for the disability appeal to be successful as well. May the sick kitties bodies respond to the medicine and recover completely. Prayers for Robert and his daughter and granddaughters, may they enjoy their time together. Prayers for Jill as she grieves for Roger.

  • Jill Posted July 19, 2022 4:26 pm

    I guess I would like a more in depth explanation of the hourglass concept. I do agree that when we grab back a worry, or go back to the altar – the burden is less cumbersome. Our willingness to return, even though me might not recognize that as strength – it is. His yoke is light.
    Dad and I had an enjoyable game of golf. Putting let us both down today, but otherwise we played well. It was a hot day, but didn’t seem bad on the course. We stopped at a new restaurant for us – where I got a Cuban sandwich – my favorite sandwich. Dad enjoyed his sandwich also. So much so that we were only able to finish half our ice cream afterwards and brought the rest home to my freezer. I was hot and sticky, so figured I may as well mow my lawn before I showered. That just about finished me off. The rain over the weekend brought some greenness back and of course the weeds just keep growing. So, now it looks sharp again.
    The shower was wonderful and now just enjoying the air conditioning. Early to bed tonight (so no nap, another reason to mow) because I have to pick up my nephew and his wife at 3 AM to get them to the airport.

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