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

Confession offers us the gift of imagining ourselves responding differently in certain situations while at the same time reminding us that most of us do not always act like the people we would like to be. When received with love and grace, our confessions can actually lead us toward our dreams. They can lead us to our true voice and power. Perhaps the function of confession is to help us say real and vulnerable words to one another.

—Dee Dee Risher, The Soulmaking Room (Upper Room Books, 2016)

Today’s Question

How do our confessions deepen our relationships and lead us toward our dreams? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

Therefore confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another, so that you may be healed. The prayer of the righteous is powerful and effective.
—James 5:16 (NRSV)

Prayer for the Week

Creator God, I give this day over to you and to the mystery of faith. I commit space and time in this very day for soul work. Amen.
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  • Ally Posted August 25, 2023 5:56 am

    I think of the old adage, “confession is good for the soul”. And how does this relate to our dreams of who we want to become? If our dream is to be real and authentic, confession must be a part of the process. Necessary to be well with our souls, and the the only way for our relationships to be more than surface things, we must be real and authentic.
    Please pray for a dear friend and her family who were my neighbors when I lived in Roman GA. They lost their oldest son last night. He was a troubled young man. My heart breaks for him and his family. Lord, help us to be authentic in our interactions today: with You Lord, and with our people.

  • Julie Posted August 25, 2023 9:45 am

    It can deepen our relationships by allowing us to be authentic with our friends. We gain their love and their wisdom by showing them our weaknesses and vulnerabilities. We must be open to their correction and wise counsel, learning from their past mistakes.

  • Jill Posted August 25, 2023 12:14 pm

    By being vulnerable with others – we let them know that we trust them, as well as respecting their words which they would thoughtfully share. If our dream is to be more Christ-like – confession swings wide open the door for meaningful conversation and healing.
    It is so wonderful to be back in school. It is great to not have a mask on and to let me students see my smile and facial expressions from the get go. I am especially appreciative – being able to start the school year with them – when that was in doubt with my surgery.
    Very busy weekend ahead…golfing with dad tomorrow and then my god son’s birthday party. Sunday – we are throwing an early 90th birthday party for dad, as he will be in Florida on his big day.

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