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

The Gospel of Luke tells us that when Jesus enters the world, he is placed in a manger because no rooms were available at the nearby inn. Jesus’ birth reminds us that God does not abandon us in our mess but enters into it with us. Jesus is Emmanuel—“God with us”—in whatever mess we may be experiencing. We don’t need to pretend anymore that everything is okay. Our mess is where God is and wants to be.

—Trevor Hudson, Pauses for Advent: Words of Wonder (Upper Room Books, 2017)

Today’s Question

In what messes have you felt God’s presence? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

She gave birth to her first son, wrapped him in cloths and laid him in a manger—there was no room for them to stay in the inn.
—Luke 2:7 (GNT)

Prayer for the Week

Holy One, guide me as I reflect on the wonder of Jesus’ birth this Advent. May Jesus be born anew in my life. Help me to show his love and grace to others. Amen.
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Lectionary Readings

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  • robert moeller Posted December 11, 2022 7:16 am

    Messes come in a variety of sizes. The bigger ones are more easily remembered. I’m just thankful that God is will us, me, everyone no matter what the size.
    Cold temps, in the teens last night. This cold weather will continue, expect snow in a day or two, but then rain right after it. Not at all helpful for skiing. climate change us causing a lot of angst in the skiing community.
    I should a nice day at church, with worship, fellowship, and a hymn-carol sing. I’m looking forward to it. We have a chance to be up close and personal with our coordinating pastor who mostly functions from afar.
    Continued prayers and blessings, don’t forget blessings come every day too. Thank You, Lord.

  • Jill Posted December 11, 2022 5:00 pm

    Yes – when I open my eyes, taking them off my circumstances, I find Him meeting me there, in my need. Thank You, Father, for Your faithfulness.
    Grateful to be home following church this morning. Yesterday was full and it was good to be home today. A bonus was I had no school work to do. I took a walk after lunch, then a nap, and took in some football. Other minor things tended to. Need to make a phone call this evening.
    This week looks busy again, but not unmanageable. Have PT tomorrow after school – it is my Monday routine, it seems. I go back to the sports medicine doc a week from Tuesday.
    Last evening’s game was a blowout. My god son played less than half the game. Gave his mom and I time to talk.
    My sister is set to have rotator cuff surgery on Jan 18. She is on the cancellation list, would love to get it taken care of before the new year.

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