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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

 

Today's Reflection

OUR WILLINGNESS TO FORGIVE others is founded on our commitment to God and our desire to extend God’s love. Forgiving our neighbors begins with our compassion and our humility—not others’ mistakes. Their transgressions merely serve to remind us of our own humanity, our own imperfections. This is what Christ conveyed when he said, “first take the log out of your own eye.”

—Christopher Maricle, The Jesus Priorities: 8 Essential Habits (Upper Room Books, 2007)

Today's Question

Does remembering your own humanity enable you to more readily forgive others? Join the conversation.

Today's Scripture

Or how can you say to your neighbor, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ while the log is in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your neighbor’s eye.
—Matthew 7:4-5 (NRSV)

Prayer for the Week

Make me a channel of God’s love, to be suffused with the Holy Spirit and guided by the Holy Spirit in all things.
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Today's Reflection

WORK AND REST are not opposites but aggregates, each necessary for the full expression of the other. While working to “get life right” is essential to the Christian life, resting from our work is God-commanded for a reason. The world often urges us to hurry along, yet we need only look to the example of our God who spent the seventh day resting from the work done in creation, not because God needed to take a breather but because God knew we would.

—Wendy LeBolt, Made to Move: Knowing and Loving God Through Our Bodies (Upper Room Books, 2019)

Today's Question

What do you think God did while God was resting? Join the conversation.

Today's Scripture

A sabbath rest still remains for the people of God; for those who enter God’s rest also cease from their labors as God did from his. Let us therefore make every effort to enter that rest, so that no one may fall through such disobedience as theirs.
—Hebrews 4:9-11 (NRSV)

Prayer for the Week

Lord, help me put my love for you in motion: reaching to hold, lifting heavy loads, showing up when it counts, applauding to share my joy.
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Today's Reflection

GOD KNOWS THAT for transformation to happen, we must dig deep. To bring order and direction to our lives and to invest them fully with the power of the Holy Spirit, we must be disciplined. Not punished, as discipline is commonly understood, but held to the highest standard, voluntarily. That is, we must dedicate ourselves to the practice of spiritual disciplines such as prayer and worship, confession and fasting, and sacrificial service and giving, in order to align ourselves with God’s will.

—Wendy LeBolt, Made to Move: Knowing and Loving God Through Our Bodies (Upper Room Books, 2019)

Today's Question

Which spiritual disciplines help you align with God’s will? Join the conversation.

Today's Scripture

Now, discipline always seems painful rather than pleasant at the time, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.
—Hebrews 12:11 (NRSV)

Prayer for the Week

Lord, help me put my love for you in motion: reaching to hold, lifting heavy loads, showing up when it counts, applauding to share my joy.
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Today's Reflection

COMPANY IS COMING, and you want the guest room to be perfect. To impress the professor, your paper needs to be perfect. For that promotion, this proposal had better be perfect. If we’re not careful, perfectionism can become a way of life, leaving us unable ever to settle for less than exactly right. This can create a burden that we can’t bear. While excellence is a commendable objective, perfection is God’s job.

—Wendy LeBolt, Made to Move: Knowing and Loving God Through Our Bodies (Upper Room Books, 2019)

Today's Question

Do you feel responsible for some weight you are bearing alone? Have you asked God for help? Join the conversation.

Today's Scripture

The Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and distracted by many things; there is need of only one thing. Mary has chosen the better part, which will not be taken away from her.”
—Luke 10:41-42 (NRSV)

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Today's Reflection

GOD DOES COME to us knowing our exhaustion, but instead of pity, the Lord offers bread and water. Life can be demanding and sometimes devastating, but more than rescue, God wants to revive us with what we’ll need for the coming days. God doesn’t want us trapped in a continuous cycle of exhaust, collapse, repair, and repeat. God provides what we need to move along, even if, for the moment, that provision is only enough to help us take the next step.

—Wendy LeBolt, Made to Move: Knowing and Loving God Through Our Bodies (Upper Room Books, 2019)

Today's Question

What provision do you need from God in order to take the next step? Join the conversation.

Today's Scripture

The angel of the Lord came a second time, touched him, and said, “Get up and eat, otherwise the journey will be too much for you.”
—1 Kings 19:7 (NRSV)

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Today's Reflection

MORE THAN SIMPLY satisfied with the work of creation God completed on the sixth day, God proclaimed it very good, then entrusted it to us. That’s an awesome task and a huge responsibility, sure to stretch us to our very limit. But in our working for the good of all creation, we set about finding answers to our biggest questions—not only why we’re here but also what we’re here to do. Tending to and caring for creation is a job way bigger than any one of us. We had better reach to join hands.

—Wendy LeBolt, Made to Move: Knowing and Loving God Through Our Bodies (Upper Room Books, 2019)

Today's Question

Who can you join hands with in caring for creation? Join the conversation.

Today's Scripture

God saw everything that he had made, and indeed, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day.
—Genesis 1:31 (NRSV)

Prayer for the Week

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