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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.

 

Words of Hope During COVID-19

Fred Allen, former executive director of Strengthening the Black Church 21, shares what has helped him during the COVID pandemic. He has talked often to his children and other family members, studied the Bible, walked in his neighborhood, and gardened.


 

Today's Reflection

Let’s face it: the number one problem we have with prayer is God. When our prayers seem to go unanswered, our first thought is, Why didn’t God answer? We may have any number of related questions, but the primary one has to do with God. This is no different from other areas of life. When someone does not return our phone call or reply to our e-mail, we naturally wonder about the receiver. Since God is the receiver of our prayers, we naturally question God before we question anything else.

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

Today's Question

What questions arise in you when your prayers seem to go unanswered? Join the conversation.

Today's Scripture

Three times I appealed to the Lord about this, that it would leave me, but he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is made perfect in weakness.” So, I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me.
—2 Corinthians 12:8-9 (NRSV)

Prayer for the Week

God! Please hurry to my rescue!
Yahweh, come quickly to my side!
—from Psalm 70
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Something More

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Words of Hope During COVID-19

For many people, the COVID lockdown has been a really lonely time, says Trevor Hudson, author of this week's featured book, Beyond Loneliness. He talks about the kinds of loneliness and loss many of us have experienced during this pandemic.


 

Today's Reflection

Learning to trust God as our Divine Friend has a transforming effect on every aspect of our lives. It affects how we pray, our relationships with others, and the way we understand our everyday existence. Trusting God as our Divine Friend changes the way we think and feel, what we desire and long for, the way we see each other, and how we seek to live in the world. Our friendship with God creates the environment in which we become the people God wants us to be.

—Trevor Hudson, Beyond Loneliness: The Gift of God’s Friendship (Upper Room Books, 2016)

Today's Question

What has changed in your life as a result of divine friendship? Join the conversation.

Today's Scripture

Every generous act of giving, with every perfect gift, is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.
—James 1:17 (NRSV)

Prayer for the Week

Dear God, make me a channel of blessing to someone today.
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Something More

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Words of Hope During COVID-19

Beth A. Richardson sings “You Are My Beloved,” a blessing that she often shares in The Upper Room Chapel. As you listen, imagine God saying to you and to all creation, “You are my Beloved.”


 

Today's Reflection

Only God can bring the loving companionship for which we so desperately yearn into our lives to face that deeper loneliness. Those who consciously enter into divine friendship find that God alone can be with them in such an intimate way that they will seldom experience that profound loneliness again. Perhaps this is what Jesus means when he says to his disciples at the end of his life, “Remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age” (Matt. 28:20).

—Trevor Hudson, Beyond Loneliness: The Gift of God’s Friendship (Upper Room Books, 2016)

Today's Question

What comfort do you find in God’s loving companionship? Join the conversation.

Today's Scripture

Certainly the faithful love of the LORD hasn’t ended; certainly God’s compassion isn’t through! They are renewed every morning. Great is your faithfulness.
—Lamentations 3:22-23 (CEB)

Prayer for the Week

Dear God, make me a channel of blessing to someone today.
Submit your prayer to The Upper Room.

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Words of Hope During COVID-19

Tom Albin, Director of Spiritual Formation and Congregational Life at The Upper Room, demonstrates a prayer practice that has been meaningful and energizing for him during this pandemic. Imagining someone, someplace, or something, he holds them, gives thanks, lifts them up to the Lord, and then releases.

Today's Reflection

Though we recognize our longing for God as the treasure hidden in our loneliness, we cannot diminish the importance of our relationships with people. As we will see later, the divine friendship enhances our friendships with one another. And human friendships have the potential to make God’s friendship with us more real. … Still, human friendships possess limitations in that by themselves they cannot fill the friendship-hole that can be filled only by God. No amount of human love can ever satisfy the other loneliness tugging away at our souls.

—Trevor Hudson, Beyond Loneliness: The Gift of God’s Friendship (Upper Room Books, 2016)

Today's Question

How do your relationships with others enhance your relationship with God? Join the conversation.

Today's Scripture

Dear friends, let’s love each other, because love is from God, and everyone who loves is born from God and knows God.
—1 John 4:7 (CEB)

Prayer for the Week

Dear God, make me a channel of blessing to someone today.
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Words of Hope During COVID-19

Sophia K. R. Agtarap, a United Methodist deaconess, has often found herself in the kitchen in this pandemic. Food holds many memories for her. Remember the many hands that worked to bring the food you eat, from the farm to your table, she urges us.

Today's Reflection

We were created with the purpose of befriending God. Our infinite longings remind us that we are made for the Infinite. We were divinely designed for divine connection. Because this is how we have been wired, the only thing that ultimately will bring us joy and happiness is to know a close friendship with God. It is as if God says to us, “I have placed eternity in your hearts” (Eccles. 3:11, author's paraphrase). Deep within us there is a hole that only God’s living presence can fill.

—Trevor Hudson, Beyond Loneliness: The Gift of God’s Friendship (Upper Room Books, 2016)

Today's Question

How does your connection with God bring joy to your life? Join the conversation.

Today's Scripture

You show me the path of life.
In your presence there is fullness of joy;
in your right hand are pleasures forevermore.

—Psalm 16:11 (NRSV)

Prayer for the Week

Dear God, make me a channel of blessing to someone today.
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Words of Hope During COVID-19

Toska Medlock Lee says that she has rediscovered her love for the outdoors during COVID. After finding a tee shirt that says “Bloom—don’t give up on who you’re becoming,” she decided to bloom, and she encourages us to do what God called us to do.

Today's Reflection

Failing to admit our loneliness can wreak havoc in our lives. Indeed, denying it often makes the pain worse. Alternatively, when we recognize it and speak about it with others, our loneliness has the potential to become a creative force for growth and maturity. Loneliness is God’s powerful way of drawing us into friendship with God and one another.

—Trevor Hudson, Beyond Loneliness: The Gift of God’s Friendship (Upper Room Books, 2016)

Today's Question

Who can you talk to about your loneliness? Join the conversation.

Today's Scripture

Bear one another’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.
—Galatians 6:2 (NRSV)

Prayer for the Week

Dear God, make me a channel of blessing to someone today.
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