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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

Reprinted 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

My chair is my haven—a safe place where I can rest this heap of weary bones. I secretly hope that no one will see me with my mouth gaped open. There in my easy chair, I close my eyes to the troubles of the world, at least for a while. Thank you for the gift of naps and the relief they bring.

—Missy Buchanan, Talking with God in Old Age: Meditations and Psalms (Upper Room Books, 2010)

Today’s Question

What would it look like for you to rest in God today? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

Yes, my soul, find rest in God;
my hope comes from him.

—Psalm 62:5 (NIV)

Prayer for the Week

God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference. —adapt. Reinhold Niebuhr, “The Serenity Prayer”
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3 Comments

  • Jill Posted June 27, 2020 7:01 am

    It would look like, or better yet, sound like – Yes and Amen. Always recognizing His sovereignty and provision, knowing He sees the end game, He IS the end game, and consistently reflecting on His faithfulness, time and again…allows me to submit and say “Yes and Amen”.
    It is a blessing to be spending so much time with dad, golfing, grabbing a meal. He has many thoughts and questions about Heaven – so we are going to go through Joni Eareckson Tada’s book Heaven together.
    After golf and lunch yesterday, I took a nap and then worked out in the yard. More than just mowing and trimming – I needed to cut back my lilac bushes and weed all my flower beds. Temperatures were comfortable and I just took my time, listening to podcasts and getting all the needed tasks done. Even had enough left in the tank for a walk later in the evening.

  • Julie Posted June 27, 2020 8:17 am

    It would be a total surrender of all my fears, a sagging of my whole body into His loving assurance and Fatherly care. I intend to contact my lawyer on Monday. H left early this morning for Myrtle Beach. The health advisor of South Carolina said yesterday that if you go to the beach any where in that state assume you have contracted coronavirus and get tested. H continued to say I would not “control” him and he would not self quarentine or wear a mask when he returns home. I have prayed that he gets COVID 19 while he is there and cannot come home. I apologize to the Lord as I pray but it is my only hope at this time.
    Prayers for Jill and Larry, may they continue to grow in their faith together.
    Prayers for Ally and David, for healing and strength and safe travels.
    Prayers for April and her family, may they remain safe and healthy and may the gardener be healthy as well.
    Prayers for Marcy and Lucy Lou, may they both have healing and pain relief.
    Prayers for robert and his family and friends, may alll be healthy and may Robert continue to be their rock.
    Prayers, thank you and stay safe dear UR

  • April Posted June 27, 2020 8:40 pm

    When I can’t solve my problems and finally remember to lift them up to God, I rest with this burden off my shoulders and usually drift off to a sound sleep/nap. And when I wake up, I feel oh so much better.
    I am sorry to report that our gardener has tested positive for COVID-19. I don’t know about his condition but I pray that he is recovering without complications. It seems that the number of cases is increasing dramatically these days. I pray for a resolution as this is affecting our entire world.
    I pray the prayers that you post Julie and I pray for your safety as well as Megan and your kitties. Thank you for updating them daily.
    Also a positive note, when I have been out gardening, I have noticed so many other neighbors are also out pulling weeds, trimming, and getting to know each other.
    Tomorrow is Sunday and a time to connect with so many other Christians as we pause from our work and spend time with each others to be refreshed for the upcoming week. Our sermon series is on Hope and making someone’s tomorrow better than today. In this time, there are so many that are facing difficulties beyond what I can imagine. May all I do bring hope to them.
    Blessings dear UR Family, God is walking with us.

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