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

As fundraisers, we must take care of the being part of our lives. This means knowing who we are, knowing our value—no matter what we achieve or don’t achieve. It means having clear values and increasing our self-awareness as we engage people from various walks of life. The journey of fundraising holds unique challenges, and we easily can stumble along the path or get discouraged if we are not grounded in our being—that is, who we most deeply are.

—Henri J.M. Nouwen with Nathan Ball, A Spirituality of Fundraising Workbook Edition (Upper Room Books, 2019)

Today’s Question

What spiritual practices help you know your value? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

We are God’s accomplishment, created in Christ Jesus to do good things. God planned for these good things to be the way that we live our lives.
—Ephesians 2:10 (CEB)

Prayer for the Week

Dear God, show me how to use my talents and my treasures in ways that demonstrate my love for you and for my neighbors. Amen.
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Something More

Join the Henri Nouwen Society for A Spirituality of Fundraising: For Those Who Give & Raise Funds every Wednesday from February 7–March 6, 2024. This webinar series will bring together fundraisers and philanthropists for honest and rich conversations about spiritual postures and practices for health and sustainability. Register here.

Lectionary Readings

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  • Rusty Posted January 18, 2024 10:01 am

    I’d say regularly reading the Bible is the best practice for reference reinforcing this for me. It prompts contemplation and prayerful engagement with God. Also, the Bible in a year program recently renamed The Bible with Nicky and Pippa Gumbel is great (I’m doing it now for the second consecutive year) and very much has an emphasis on how God loves us and values us.

  • Andrea Posted January 18, 2024 3:27 pm

    Thank you, Jill, Julie, and others here, for your prayers for Lowell and me. It is such a great comfort to be with you here again and to have your prayers. Lowell went into the hospital yesterday by ambulance for intensely severe pain. His pain medications are being increased and he is being instructed to walk with crutches/walker to avoid falling. Hopefully he’ll go home tomorrow and next week he’ll see a hematologist-oncologist. This is a new journey for us. I have faith God walks beside us as we walk with each other through the dark valleys of our lives. My continued prayers for and love to each of you, Jill and her dad and sister, Julie, Megan and h, Rusty and K, Robert and Erich, Ally and David., Lou and family.

  • Jill Posted January 18, 2024 5:52 pm

    Sitting in stillness in the morning, praying, reading, trying to be settled and apart from the activities and concerns of the day before stepping it to it.
    Well, I am very surprised, but school is called off already for tomorrow. We are supposed to get some snow, but I thought the worst of it would be north of us. This new superintendent – pretty impressive that he makes the call the night before. Surely helps parents who need to secure childcare. It is supposed to be very cold again on Saturday. The kittens will be happy to have me home again. I am loving it – this time at home and tennis to watch from “down under”.
    Trying to get into a rhythm with school hasn’t happened yet – maybe next week – as we will likely have our first 5 day week of the New Year.

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