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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

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

A retreat is a period of new boundary creation. We take time to pray; we take time to walk; we slow down; we turn off our cell phones. After a few days, or even a few hours, we feel different. We are more relaxed; we breathe; we feel at peace; even the colors around us appear more vivid. . . .

The practice of boundary creation mimics the process of a retreat: We begin to shift what we give our pearls and our holiness—our time, our presence, our selves—to. To do this, we must recognize our inherent value and the value of our time and presence. One of the ways the boundaries of the world keep us trapped is by convincing us that we lack pearls and holiness. I often ask people if they ever consider that being with them is an incredible gift and that people are lucky when they get to spend time with them. Almost one hundred percent of the time, this thought has never crossed their minds. If you do not believe you have any pearls or holiness to give, you do not worry about wasting them!

—Daniel Wolpert, "Where Do I Put My Effort? The Practice of Boundary Creation," in Looking Inward, Living Outward: The Spiritual Practice of Social Transformation (Upper Room Books, 2024)

Today's Question

How is your time used? What are the things you need to let go of? Do more of? [question from Looking Inward, Living Outward] Join the conversation.

Today's Scripture

Do not give what is holy to dogs, and do not throw your pearls before swine.
—Matthew 7:6 (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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Today's Reflection

A good description of the spiritual life is that it’s an expression of our “intention to pay attention”—to pay attention to ourselves, to pay attention to others, to pay attention to our life. This book is about attending to the ordering of our life and the practices that help us live this life with God, a life that leads to a social transformation that reveals the beloved community. It is about how we do this work as individuals and collectively. If a group of people wishes to live a life with God, how might that happen? What are the habits and practices and examples within the Christian tradition that teach us the consistency of such a life?

—Daniel Wolpert, "Creating Focus in My Life: The Practice of Willful Attention, " in Looking Inward, Living Outward: The Spiritual Practice of Social Transformation (Upper Room Books, 2024)

Today's Question

How would you answer the author's questions in today's reflection? Join the conversation.

Today's Scripture

Let those who are wise pay attention to these things
and consider the steadfast love of the Lord.
—Psalm 107:43 (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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Today's Reflection

With God, our detours and wrong turns are not the end of the road. If we pay attention to God’s grace, our losses and bad choices can turn us toward a new road that will lead us to the new things God will be doing in our lives. Even when what we’re facing and dealing with is not good at all, God is always up to something—and that something is always for our good.

—Mary Lou Redding, God Was with Me All Along: A Guide for Capturing Your Memories and Telling Your Story (Upper Room Books, 2020)

Today's Question

When have you experienced God’s grace during a detour or wrong turn? Join the conversation.

Today's Scripture

We know that God works all things together for good for the ones who love God, for those who are called according to his purpose.
—Romans 8:28 (CEB)

Prayer for the Week

Loving God, be near me as I recall events from my life. Guide me to look at my past with forgiveness and love. Help me to accept where I am in my life journey and to recognize ways you have been present with me all along. Thank you for your unconditional love and for the strength you give me each day. Amen.
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Today's Reflection

I can look back on each decade of my life and identify significant new friends who have continued to challenge me in my discipleship and to teach me. I see all of these people as God’s instruments. From Robert, whose comment, “I think you’ve already decided what you want, so you’re not listening for what God wants,” led me to change careers, to Joan and Velma whose rule, “You can’t take on any more commitments this year until you talk to us about them and we say it’s okay,” led me to focus my energy, God has used my close friends to guide me and lead me into fuller life and deeper discipleship.

—Mary Lou Redding, God Was with Me All Along: A Guide for Capturing Your Memories and Telling Your Story (Upper Room Books, 2020)

Today's Question

How has God used your friendships to deepen your discipleship? Join the conversation.

Today's Scripture

As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens a friend.
—Proverbs 27:17 (CEB)

Prayer for the Week

Loving God, be near me as I recall events from my life. Guide me to look at my past with forgiveness and love. Help me to accept where I am in my life journey and to recognize ways you have been present with me all along. Thank you for your unconditional love and for the strength you give me each day. Amen.
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Today's Reflection

All of us can look back on our lives and identify red-letter days, events that mark the stages in our journey. Starting school, having our children, having our youngest child start or graduate from school, getting our first job, buying our first car on our own, buying our first home—remembering events such as these can help us reflect on how God has borne us along and move us to gratitude for God’s goodness.

—Mary Lou Redding, God Was with Me All Along: A Guide for Capturing Your Memories and Telling Your Story (Upper Room Books, 2020)

Today's Question

What red-letter days move you to gratitude for God's goodness? Join the conversation.

Today's Scripture

This has happened because of the Lord;
it is astounding in our sight!
This is the day the Lord acted;
we will rejoice and celebrate in it!
—Psalm 118:23-24 (CEB)

Prayer for the Week

Loving God, be near me as I recall events from my life. Guide me to look at my past with forgiveness and love. Help me to accept where I am in my life journey and to recognize ways you have been present with me all along. Thank you for your unconditional love and for the strength you give me each day. Amen.
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Today's Reflection

Sometimes it takes people a long time to find a way to earn a living that also allows them to feel good at the end of the day about how they have invested that day of their life. But God has given each of us gifts that we are meant to use with joy. . . .

How do you see God’s hand at work shaping you through the work (paid or not) you have done over the years? Where have you been able to use the gifts of caring, organizing, teaching, cooking, repairing things—or whatever you do with joy and energy—to make the world more like God wants it to be? Those tasks are always work that is worth doing!

—Mary Lou Redding, God Was with Me All Along: A Guide for Capturing Your Memories and Telling Your Story (Upper Room Books, 2020)

Today's Question

How would you answer the author’s questions in today’s reflection? Join the conversation.

Today's Scripture

Whatever you do, do it from the heart for the Lord and not for people.
—Colossians 3:23 (CEB)

Prayer for the Week

Loving God, be near me as I recall events from my life. Guide me to look at my past with forgiveness and love. Help me to accept where I am in my life journey and to recognize ways you have been present with me all along. Thank you for your unconditional love and for the strength you give me each day. Amen.
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Lectionary Readings

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