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

I want to invite you to consider all that stresses you out at this very moment. What are you overwhelmed by? Could you make a hard reset and start fresh with a new perspective? What could you do to intentionally practice being with God throughout the course of your days and nights? If you’re a pastor or a ministry leader, who are some other leaders in your circle who could share the load? Where can you carve more time to be with your family?

—Junius B. Dotson, Soul Reset: Breakdown, Breakthrough, and the Journey to Wholeness (Upper Room Books, 2019)

Today’s Question

In what areas of your life could you benefit from a reset? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
—Philippians 4:6-7 (NRSV)

Prayer for the Week

God of new beginnings, help us to reset and reorder our lives around your love, grace, and goodness in the year ahead. Amen. Submit your prayer to The Upper Room.

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  • robert moeller Posted January 8, 2022 6:07 am

    Thankfully, I don’t feel overloaded. Yes, I have concerns, but they are being attended, progress made. Worship planning is done, need to review, and practice. Snow helped skiing yesterday, no rain in the forecast, more snow tomorrow. Thankful for the resources at hand that make life possible.
    NRM, church member, area, state, nation and world concerns and joys in my prayers. Thank You,

  • Julie Posted January 8, 2022 8:17 am

    Every aspect. I am so very sick and I know it is from stress. I may have to go to the hospital which I really do not want to do with omicron. But i can’t eat or drink and I am feeling faint and dizzy.
    Prayers for each one of you.

  • Jill Posted January 8, 2022 12:09 pm

    I, like Robert, am feeling like I am in a good spot. Monday during our teacher meetings, our instructional coach gave us a short article to read regarding “languishing”. There was a second article about “flourishing”. Most teachers at my building are feeling like they are languishing. Me – I am grateful to say that I am flourishing. I feel, in some ways, that the pandemic – which provided more alone time and a wider expanse in the morning to be still – was my “reset”. I am flourishing at school, feeling pretty well physically and optimistic about dad ultimately moving in with my sister and her husband.
    Beautiful sun today, finally, and temps above freezing. Don’t know that I am ambitious enough to go out for a walk. Doing a lot of grading. Gotta keep my feet to the fire while there is motivation.
    Dad is picking up some pizza and coming over later on to watch the golf in Hawaii. He doesn’t get the golf channel – and it is on this channel today.
    Julie – praying for you, for your stomach to settle down, the care you need.

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