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 soul speaks. Our God-breathed souls endow our human experiences with holy intention and purpose leading us on a path toward an intimate, dynamic relationship with God. If we are willing to listen to our inner voice, we are then better equipped to bear the image of divine love in the world.

I first recognized the possibility of my own soul speaking to me as I sank into the richness of the Psalms decades ago and listened to David and the other psalmists speak to their own souls. These same psalms became the dialogue Jesus used to express his own deepest human agonies, even as he hung from the cross. I continue to find rest and encouragement in these ancient songs. They offer me the freedom to explore questions, lament my troubles, and discern the presence and voice of God.

—Marsha Crockett, introduction to Speak, My Soul: Listening to the Divine with Holy Purpose (Upper Room Books, 2024)

Today’s Question

In what ways do you listen to your inner voice? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

My heart is steadfast, O God, my heart is steadfast;
I will sing and make melody.
Awake, my soul!
—Psalm 108:1 (NRSVUE) 

Prayer for the Week

Dear God, stay with me. Help me still my mind so that I can hear you speak within my soul. Amen.
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Something More

In Speak, My Soul, spiritual guide Marsha Crockett points us to seven inner pathways to help us slow down, listen, and draw closer to God. Explore the sacred paths of discernment, discipline, abiding, wilderness, identity, community, and contemplation in this practical and inspiring new resource. Learn more here.

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1 Comment

  • robert moeller Posted April 29, 2024 5:32 am

    I don’t know if i have a sense of an inner voice. This is a complicated question.
    Despite all the effort by the UMC to explain the events of the general conference, I feel the message is a bit fuzzy. It may just be me, I may need to reread, reexamine what’s been said. I DO KNOW I”M NOT IN AGREEMENT WITH KEEPING THE STATEMENTS IN THE DISCIPLINE THAT RELATE TO SEXUAL ORIENTATION , MARRIAGE, AND CLERGY. THANKFULLY THE NEW ENGLAND CONFERENCE ALSO DOESN’T AGREE AS BEST AS I UNDERSTAND. LORD, GUIDE US.

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