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

Deepening humility is the core spiritual practice for disciples of Jesus. Humility must be cultivated so that the soul can grow strong. All our exploration, all our awareness—of ourselves and of God—will come to naught if it does not lead us to humility. Properly tilled and constantly fertilized through awareness, this now-rich soil of humility fills the circle of your awareness, allowing roots to grow. The roots that grow in this humble soil also have a name—love.

—Christopher Maricle, Deeply Rooted: Knowing Self, Growing in God (Upper Room Books, 2016)

Today’s Question

How does being planted in humble soil help your roots of love grow? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

Conduct yourselves with all humility, gentleness, and patience. Accept each other with love.
—Ephesians 4:2 (CEB)

Prayer for the Week

God, give me the humility to know that I am a growing work in progress. Give me grace and understanding to see the growth in those around me. Amen.
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Something More

God is weaving a tapestry of love and redemption for all the world, and each person’s story is part of that tapestry. God Was with Me All Along by Mary Lou Redding guides you to look at your life and reflect on how God has been present in all its ups and downs. Learn more here.

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  • Jill Posted April 29, 2023 5:56 am

    Continually turning to Christ, His example of humility – this must be our example. His way with people was simple, intentional listening, compassionate care. He came to their level and they responded to His humility.
    May it be so with me.
    Last evening was a dinner at church for all the Bible Study facilitators. It was a small gathering, less than 20 people. I met a lady, putting a face with a name, and there was enjoyable conversation. The pastor who oversees this is a very humble man. We had a chinese buffet as well as assorted desserts.
    I am meeting dad for lunch today. This morning, someone is coming by to update my water meter. Should be interesting to see how the kittens react.

  • Gail Posted April 29, 2023 8:03 am

    I missed the part about being planted in humble soil until I read Jill’s answer. Thank you Jill!

  • Julie Posted April 29, 2023 9:45 am

    If I am humble, I will love everyone. Because no one person is beneath me and no difference in another person will be viewed by me as making them unworthy of my love.
    Shopping today with Megan. Church tomorrow and stopping by my new/old friend’s house. Probably no walk because there is to be rain and storms tomorrow as well as rain today. Ugh.

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