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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

As I began speaking to scripture, it began to speak to me. I am not saying that I started receiving answers to all of life’s problems. I still worried about being a good enough person. Past mistakes or hurts still bothered me. I still wondered where God was during painful experiences. But I truly felt in conversation with God while I took part in my own spiritual growth and understanding. I found myself drawn further into the mystery of Christian faith, further away from certitude, and closer to a life with scripture I had always longed for but had not believed possible. I discovered room in my relationship with God for faith, reason, and imagination.

—Jane Herring, One Day I Wrote Back: Interacting with Scripture Through Creative Writing (Upper Room Books, 2015)

Today's Question

What might help you discover new depths to your relationship with God? Join the conversation.

Today's Scripture

Your word is a lamp to my feet
and a light to my path.

—Psalm 119:105 (NRSV)

Prayer for the Week

Creator God, I am listening. I am listening.
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Today's Reflection

When I began interacting with scripture though writing, a new relationship unfolded. I copied scripture word for word, questioning it, prodding the text to uncover what had not been said, speaking back to it about what I found confusing, too good to be true, too hard, too easy, and sometimes trying to rewrite it with details from contemporary life. In this way, I entered into a relationship with scripture. Faith and the Spirit—both mysterious—sustained me through early adulthood, reason opened the door to the Bible, and now imagination exercised through creative writing forged a living relationship to the Bible.

—Jane Herring, One Day I Wrote Back: Interacting with Scripture Through Creative Writing (Upper Room Books, 2015)

Today's Question

How would you describe your relationship with scripture? Join the conversation.

Today's Scripture

We also constantly give thanks to God for this, that when you received the word of God that you heard from us, you accepted it not as a human word but as what it really is, God’s word, which is also at work in you believers.
—1 Thessalonians 2:13 (NRSV)

Prayer for the Week

Creator God, I am listening. I am listening.
Submit your prayer to The Upper Room.

Something More

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Lectionary Readings

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Words of Hope During COVID-19

Steve Harper, author of this week's featured book, Talking in the Dark, has been quarantined with his wife in Sevilla, Spain, during the COVID lockdown. The practice he has found most helpful is practicing the presence of God, living in the here and now, enjoying this moment.


Over the last few months, family and friends of The Upper Room have been sharing how they are creating daily life with God during these strange times. If you have found these videos to be meaningful, we invite you to subscribe to our YouTube Channel.
 

Today's Reflection

Christianity is not an immunization against disease; it is an insight into life when we are afflicted. We may get hurt, cry out, or become depressed. But we do this as those who believe in a God who is really present, and that our misfortunes matter to him. We cannot escape “the valley of the shadow of death” (Ps. 23:4, NIV), but we do not have to walk through it alone. For reasons we can never fully understand, God may not provide what we ask for, but God will never be absent when we ask for God’s presence.

—Steve Harper, Talking in the Dark: Praying When Life Doesn’t Make Sense (Upper Room Books, 2007)

Today's Question

What comfort do you find in the assurance of God’s presence? Join the conversation.

Today's Scripture

The LORD is my light and my salvation;
whom shall I fear?
The LORD is the stronghold of my life;
of whom shall I be afraid?

—Psalm 27:1 (NRSV)

Prayer for the Week

God! Please hurry to my rescue!
Yahweh, come quickly to my side!
—from Psalm 70
Submit your prayer to The Upper Room.

Something More

No matter what we are feeling—distress, trust, anger, or delight—we find the words of the Psalms accompany us into God's presence. Pray with the Psalms.

Lectionary Readings

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Words of Hope During COVID-19

Elizabeth Mae Magill, author of Five Loaves, Two Fish, Twelve Volunteers, says she wasn’t handling the COVID quarantine well—until one day when a woman in need called her. This phone call made her realize that she could find God by helping others.


 

Today's Reflection

We practice imperfect prayer in a fallen world. We can’t escape that fact. It’s one of the reasons the Bible teaches that a new heaven and a new earth will be necessary for God to repair life from the destructive effects of the Fall. Until then, sickness and sorrow, pain and death, will be part of the picture—and no amount of prayer will stop their effects every time. … If I knew everything, I could select when, how, and for whom to pray. But since I don’t, my call is to pray the Lord’s Prayer at all times—and to believe that this prayer never falls on deaf divine ears.

—Steve Harper, Talking in the Dark: Praying When Life Doesn’t Make Sense (Upper Room Books, 2007)

Today's Question

During difficult times, who helps you believe that God hears your prayers? Join the conversation.

Today's Scripture

Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but that very Spirit intercedes with sighs too deep for words.
—Romans 8:26 (NRSV)

Prayer for the Week

God! Please hurry to my rescue!
Yahweh, come quickly to my side!
—from Psalm 70
Submit your prayer to The Upper Room.

Something More

No matter what we are feeling—distress, trust, anger or delight—we find the words of the psalms accompany us into God's presence. Pray with the Psalms.

Lectionary Readings

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Words of Hope During COVID-19

James A. Harnish, author of Extraordinary Ministry in Ordinary Time, tells of Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York. In this epicenter of the coronavirus, a baby was born, a gift of hope in a time of despair.


Over the last few months, family and friends of The Upper Room have been sharing how they are creating daily life with God during these strange times. If you have found these videos to be meaningful, we invite you to subscribe to our YouTube Channel.
 

Today's Reflection

After more than forty years of praying, I still do not understand prayer. I get up many mornings and go to my place of devotion with no sense that my praying makes any difference. This does not mean that I go there reluctantly or discouraged; it simply means I go there realizing that prayer will always be bigger than me and beyond me. I pray realizing that I am not the one in charge. I also find that the older I get, the more content I am to leave some situations in the realm of mystery and wonder.

—Steve Harper, Talking in the Dark: Praying When Life Doesn’t Make Sense (Upper Room Books, 2007)

Today's Question

What enables you to persevere in prayer? Join the conversation.

Today's Scripture

Rejoice in hope, be patient in suffering, persevere in prayer.
—Romans 12:12 (NRSV)

Prayer for the Week

God! Please hurry to my rescue!
Yahweh, come quickly to my side!
—from Psalm 70
Submit your prayer to The Upper Room.

Something More

No matter what we are feeling —distress, trust, anger, or delight— we find the words of the Psalms accompany us into God's presence. Pray with the Psalms.

Lectionary Readings

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Words of Hope During COVID-19

Shalom R. Agtarap, worship leader for a Two-Year Academy for Spiritual Formation, talks about routines during COVID. Because words sometimes get in the way, she has begun a practice of raising a dish in silence to show gratitude for her meals.


Over the last few months, family and friends of The Upper Room have been sharing how they are creating daily life with God during these strange times. If you have found these videos to be meaningful, we invite you to subscribe to our YouTube Channel.
 

Today's Reflection

When life is unfair, we are propelled to ask, “Does God understand? Does God care? Does God help?” All three persons of the Trinity respond with a divine “Yes.” The fact that God is a person means God understands. All three persons of the Trinity show that God cares, and all three reveal significant ways God helps. The Trinity takes us into God’s heart even when we cannot understand God’s ways. The most important truth we know about God’s heart is that it is a heart of love.

—Steve Harper, Talking in the Dark: Praying When Life Doesn’t Make Sense (Upper Room Books, 2007)

Today's Question

How does the Trinity help you trust that God understands and cares about you? Join the conversation.

Today's Scripture

All you people: Trust in him at all times!
Pour out your hearts before him!
God is our refuge!

—Psalm 62:8 (CEB)

Prayer for the Week

God! Please hurry to my rescue!
Yahweh, come quickly to my side!
—from Psalm 70
Submit your prayer to The Upper Room.

Something More

No matter what we are feeling —distress, trust, anger, or delight— we find the words of the Psalms accompany us into God's presence. Pray with the Psalms.

Lectionary Readings

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