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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

When you fight, you have to do it your way. Life has prepared you for the things you are facing right now. Like David, while you may not have faced this particular battle before, you’ve faced some things in your past. You have a good track record, and you’ve learned how to walk with God along your journey. Don’t ever try to show up as someone else; God has called you just as you are.

—Gabby Cudjoe-Wilkes, "An On-Time God," in The Upper Room Disciplines 2024: A Book of Daily Devotions (Upper Room Books, 2023)

Today's Question

How has God prepared you for the battles you face today? Join the conversation.

Today's Scripture

David said, “The Lord, who saved me from the paw of the lion and from the paw of the bear, will save me from the hand of this Philistine.” So Saul said to David, “Go, and may the Lord be with you!”
—1 Samuel 17:37 (NRSVUE)

Prayer for the Week

God, give me the boldness to stand up to oppression, trouble, and affliction. I ask that you strengthen me for those battles: show me my past wins, reveal to me my best tools, remind me who and what I am fighting for, and protect me along the way. Amen. [adapted from prayers by Gabby Cudjoe-Wilkes in Disciplines 2024]
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Psalms for Black Lives, written by pastors Gabby Cudjoe-Wilkes and Andrew Wilkes, is a collection of thirty devotions, each containing a psalm, a reflection, and an invitation for the reader to develop a justice imagination. It is the perfect resource to add to your bookshelf as we celebrate the Juneteenth holiday this week. May we join with God and with each other in the holy work of pursuing justice, undoing structural racism, and building a society that truly values Black lives. Learn more here.

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Today's Reflection

Sometimes we inherit battles that are not our own. The weight of showing up for someone else to help them battle what is oppressing them is no small matter. We should never take battle lightly. No matter who wins, battle takes its toll on everyone—victors and losers alike. . . .

When you find yourself like David, brought into a battle that did not begin with you, don’t forget to pray for divine endurance and protection. You will need it. But also remember that if God has called you to it, God will see you through. Our on-time God knows exactly when to tag you into this relay race of life. We need you. We need your tenacity. We need your commitment. We need your voice. Stay in the battle. When we fight righteous battles, we will come out victorious.

—Gabby Cudjoe-Wilkes, "An On-Time God," in The Upper Room Disciplines 2024: A Book of Daily Devotions (Upper Room Books, 2023)

Today's Question

Have you ever walked into the middle of a battle that you didn’t anticipate? What did you do? How did you respond? [questions by Gabby Cudjoe-Wilkes in Disciplines 2024] Join the conversation.

Today's Scripture

David rose early in the morning, left the sheep with a keeper, took the provisions, and went as Jesse had commanded him. He came to the encampment as the army was going forth to the battle line, shouting the war cry.
—1 Samuel 17:20 (NRSVUE)

Prayer for the Week

God, give me the boldness to stand up to oppression, trouble, and affliction. I ask that you strengthen me for those battles: show me my past wins, reveal to me my best tools, remind me who and what I am fighting for, and protect me along the way. Amen. [adapted from prayers by Gabby Cudjoe-Wilkes in Disciplines 2024]
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Something More

Psalms for Black Lives, written by pastors Gabby Cudjoe-Wilkes and Andrew Wilkes, is a collection of thirty devotions, each containing a psalm, a reflection, and an invitation for the reader to develop a justice imagination. It is the perfect resource to add to your bookshelf as we celebrate the Juneteenth holiday this week. May we join with God and with each other in the holy work of pursuing justice, undoing structural racism, and building a society that truly values Black lives. Learn more here.

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Today's Reflection

It was critical for the people of Israel to assess Goliath before determining who would fight on their behalf. Likewise in our own lives, we must pause to assess the opposition around us. If we do not, we might fight with the wrong tools. When life sends trouble your way, you must assess exactly what that trouble is, where it comes from, what power it has over you, and what it’s connected to, before you try to fight it. If you fight without an assessment, you will have no idea if you’re winning or not because you do not fully know what you are up against. I encourage you to do some bold assessments. What are you truly up against? What tools do you need to overcome the challenges you are facing?

—Gabby Cudjoe-Wilkes, “An On-Time God,” in The Upper Room Disciplines 2024: A Book of Daily Devotions (Upper Room Books, 2023)

Today's Question

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

Today's Scripture

[Goliath shouted:] Here and now I challenge Israel's whole army! Choose someone to fight me!
—1 Samuel 17:10 (CEV)

Prayer for the Week

God, give me the boldness to stand up to oppression, trouble, and affliction. I ask that you strengthen me for those battles: show me my past wins, reveal to me my best tools, remind me who and what I am fighting for, and protect me along the way. Amen. [adapted from prayers by Gabby Cudjoe-Wilkes in Disciplines 2024]
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Something More

Psalms for Black Lives, written by pastors Gabby Cudjoe-Wilkes and Andrew Wilkes, is a collection of thirty devotions, each containing a psalm, a reflection, and an invitation for the reader to develop a justice imagination. It is the perfect resource to add to your bookshelf as we celebrate the Juneteenth holiday this week. May we join with God and with each other in the holy work of pursuing justice, undoing structural racism, and building a society that truly values Black lives. Learn more here.

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Today's Reflection

When you know that a fight is coming, you won’t be blindsided. When you’re clear that you’re in a battle, you’re least likely to get sucker-punched. Sometimes the greatest gift our on-time God can give us is clarity. A battle is coming, they are organized, and they are on your turf. So ready yourself for battle. . . .

I’m not going to lie to you. In the times we live in right now, battles are coming. As politics get more partisan, the digital divide widens by the day, public health continues to be in crisis, and our personal and professional lives seem to change more than we care to admit, there are yet battles we have to face. But knowing the battles are coming gives us the fortitude to face them with courage.

—Gabby Cudjoe-Wilkes, "An On-Time God," in The Upper Room Disciplines 2024: A Book of Daily Devotions (Upper Room Books, 2023)

Today's Question

How do you ready yourself for battle? What gives you fortitude and courage? Join the conversation.

Today's Scripture

The Philistines got ready for war and brought their troops together to attack the town of Socoh in Judah.
—1 Samuel 17:1 (CEV)

Prayer for the Week

God, give me the boldness to stand up to oppression, trouble, and affliction. I ask that you strengthen me for those battles: show me my past wins, reveal to me my best tools, remind me who and what I am fighting for, and protect me along the way. Amen. [adapted from prayers by Gabby Cudjoe-Wilkes in Disciplines 2024]
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Something More

Psalms for Black Lives, written by pastors Gabby Cudjoe-Wilkes and Andrew Wilkes, is a collection of thirty devotions, each containing a psalm, a reflection, and an invitation for the reader to develop a justice imagination. It is the perfect resource to add to your bookshelf as we celebrate the Juneteenth holiday this week. May we join with God and with each other in the holy work of pursuing justice, undoing structural racism, and building a society that truly values Black lives. Learn more here.

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Today's Reflection

Sometimes I imagine God as that beggar, sitting on the side of the road and calling to us through our own fears, hopes, and struggles; calling to us through the fears, hopes, and struggles of others. The question to ask ourselves if we want to be open, available, and responsive to God is this: Will we stand still long enough to pay attention?

—L. Roger Owens, Everyday Contemplative: The Way of Prayerful Living (Upper Room Books, 2021)

Today's Question

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

Today's Scripture

Jesus and his followers came into Jericho. As Jesus was leaving Jericho, together with his disciples and a sizable crowd, a blind beggar named Bartimaeus, Timaeus’ son, was sitting beside the road. When he heard that Jesus of Nazareth was there, he began to shout, “Jesus, Son of David, show me mercy!”
—Mark 10:46-47 (CEB)

Prayer for the Week

Nurturing God, tend our lives like a patient gardener. May our desire for you grow as your grace works the soil of our lives. Amen.
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Today's Reflection

I always have the option of checking out, of course. I can check my email on my phone. I can get lost in the cocktail party in my mind or peruse my mental curio cabinet of worries. I can start thinking about when I’ll grade papers, how I’ll write about this experience later today, or how I’ll lead next week’s online intensive class. There’s a time for that kind of planning, to be sure, and when that time comes, I hope I will give the work my fullest attention. But now is not that time. Right now the call is to return to the present, where the gift of summer is unfolding before me, where God’s Spirit is gently blowing, where my own life is being lived.

—L. Roger Owens, Everyday Contemplative: The Way of Prayerful Living (Upper Room Books, 2021)

Today's Question

How do you practice being fully attentive to the present? Join the conversation.

Today's Scripture

Eli said to Samuel, “Go, lie down, and if he calls you, you shall say, ‘Speak, LORD, for your servant is listening.’” So Samuel went and lay down in his place.
—1 Samuel 3:9 (NRSVUE)

Prayer for the Week

Nurturing God, tend our lives like a patient gardener. May our desire for you grow as your grace works the soil of our lives. Amen.
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