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

Presence isn’t about fixing; it’s about being there. In humility and with self-awareness, I recognize my limitations, but I do not shrink back. I allow myself to inhabit the space as both a being made in the image of God and as a conduit for the Spirit of love, light, salt. I do not need to fix everything, but I can be present anywhere. So, we can relax and attend to our environment in a loving way. This brings a power and a healing to any situation, even one where someone is dying.

This act of relinquishing the need to fix points to another essential aspect of the practice of powerful presence: We can tolerate being in the presence of the suffering of the world, even as we cannot make it go away. Those who are suffering long for loving presence, yet those who need to fix or who are fixated upon their production value do not have either the time or the inclination to be present to the suffering of the world.

—Daniel Wolpert, “On Becoming Salt and Light: The Practice of Powerful Presence,” in Looking Inward, Living Outward: The Spiritual Practice of Social Transformation (Upper Room Books, 2024)

Today’s Question

During times of hardship or suffering, who has been a loving presence for you? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

You are the salt of the earth. . . . You are the light of the world.
—Matthew 5:13-14 (NRSVUE)

Prayer for the Week

Help me to order my life around you, O God, and guide me to social action that manifests the beloved community—your kingdom on earth. Amen.
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Something More

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Lectionary Readings

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  • robert moeller Posted May 31, 2024 5:44 am

    Despite his difficulties, my son does many good things for my benefit. Thank You, Lord.
    School ending for Jill, tennis still very much a part of your life, time with Dad and friends at the beach, a favorite place for you.
    Not sure how much my military service protected anyone’s freedom. I trained as an infantryman to fight , but never was in any action. Spent far more of my time in the reserve training for a variety of jobs.

  • Rusty Posted May 31, 2024 10:30 am

    Loving presence. For this I think I’ve got to say Jesus. While I have several family members nearby who love me and I know would absolutely go to bat for me in a crisis, I’m not sure “loving presence” best describes what they are able to offer me in this extended season of our lives. Those closest to me are dealing with their own, in some cases monumental, life challenges.

    Lord, thank you for being the loving presence to me. Help me to be that loving presence to those I care for. My constant prayer is that they would turn to you and put their faith in you, as well. Soon, Lord Jesus. Very soon, please.

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