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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

To avoid getting lost, I always look for clues that other walkers have left behind them. These signs tell me that I am on the right path. In the same way, other Christian believers have marked out particular practices as cues that help me find my way to God. They point me toward well-traveled pathways where I can cultivate a deeper love, knowledge, and service of God and neighbor.

—Thomas R. Hawkins, Every Step a Prayer: Walking as Spiritual Practice (Upper Room Books, 2016)

Today's Question

When has another Christian helped you find your way? Join the conversation.

Today's Scripture

Let us consider how to provoke one another to love and good deeds, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day approaching.
—Hebrews 10:24-25 (NRSV)

Prayer for the Week

God of creation, we know that love takes time. May we be prayerful on each step of the journey. Amen. Submit your prayer to The Upper Room.

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Today's Reflection

Loving-kindness cut straight to the heart of improving my own self-talk and judgment of others. And I found, despite some grimacing, a softening toward those for whom I felt anger. Devotional meditation, though clunky at first, became as natural as any worship service I had attended. It provided a time of praise and worship for my heart and mind. This meditation method was the culmination of my journey, reminding me that thinking about, reflecting on, gazing at, and contemplating God makes me spiritually open to God’s movement in and through me.

—J. Dana Trent, One Breath at a Time: A Skeptic's Guide to Christian Meditation (Upper Room Books, 2019)

Today's Question

When have you observed a change in yourself after adopting a new spiritual practice? Join the conversation.

Today's Scripture

Let us go on toward perfection, leaving behind the basic teaching about Christ, and not laying again the foundation: repentance from dead works and faith toward God.
—Hebrews 6:1 (NRSV)

Prayer for the Week

Spirit of God, comfort and renew us with each breath we take. Amen.
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Today's Reflection

My time of practicing the Examen each day was invaluable. I recorded what happened—what went well and where I needed growth. Without this time of reflection and writing, I may have given up because I experienced so many days when I felt as if I wasn’t making progress. But the Examen kept me focused on hope and gratitude. Without gratitude, the weeds of bitterness and resentment can choke the gardens of our hearts where we plant God’s seeds of love and joy.

—J. Dana Trent, One Breath at a Time: A Skeptic's Guide to Christian Meditation (Upper Room Books, 2019)

Today's Question

What spiritual practices enable you to cultivate God's seeds of love and joy? Join the conversation.

Today's Scripture

He gives power to the faint,
and strengthens the powerless.
—Isaiah 40:29 (NRSV)

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Today's Reflection

My meditation practice didn’t come so naturally in the beginning. I dealt with speed bumps, roadblocks, detours, and endless construction. I offered myself grace on the days I felt skeptical or skipped my practice. I was gentle with myself during the weeks in which I simply felt frustrated and distracted. Still, I continued down the road, puttering along like a rusted ’92 Geo Prizm. I reminded myself that this was my practice and that it was valuable, authentic, and important no matter how many sleek, new Cadillacs passed me along the way.

—J. Dana Trent, One Breath at a Time: A Skeptic's Guide to Christian Meditation (Upper Room Books, 2019)

Today's Question

When you encounter a spiritual roadblock, what helps you trust that you are on a good path? Join the conversation.

Today's Scripture

Let us not grow weary in doing what is right, for we will reap at harvest time, if we do not give up.
—Galatians 6:9 (NRSV)

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Today's Reflection

Throughout the New Testament, Jesus juxtaposes his exterior life—his ministry and service to others, his relationships with his disciples—and his interior one. This explains why Paul, in writing some of the first letters to Jesus’ followers, asks them to pray without ceasing (see Thessalonians 5:17) and to be in prayer about everything (see Philippians 4:6). Prayer—or talking with God silently or aloud—about a topic (thanksgiving, praise, confession, supplication, and intercession) is crucial to our understanding of the historical Jesus, Jesus as the Messiah, the Trinity, and the subsequent development of the early church. Prayer provides the cornerstone of the Christian faith.

—J. Dana Trent, One Breath at a Time: A Skeptic's Guide to Christian Meditation (Upper Room Books, 2019)

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Today's Scripture

Pray continually. Give thanks in every situation because this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
—1 Thessalonians 5:17-18 (CEB)

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Today's Reflection

As a meditation skeptic, I needed to take a deep dive into this ancient-practice-turned-modern-craze. I needed to ask questions and to study meditation from a biblical, historical, theological, and evidence-based perspective to be convinced of its utility for Christians. And like the good Sunday-school student that I was, I remembered that the answer to every question begins with “Jesus!” So that’s where I started.

—J. Dana Trent, One Breath at a Time: A Skeptic's Guide to Christian Meditation (Upper Room Books, 2019)

Today's Question

How might you start with "Jesus!" as you seek answers to your questions about faith practices? Join the conversation.

Today's Scripture

Early in the morning, well before sunrise, Jesus rose and went to a deserted place where he could be alone in prayer.
—Mark 1:35 (CEB)

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