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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

In order to reset our souls and experience the wholeness we crave, we need only look to Jesus. He showed us how to be in ministry, how to work long hours, how to address the needs and expectations of many people, all while staying connected to God. He knows that it’s all too easy to get burned out on religion. He knows that taking a real rest is rarely easy to do. He knows that we need to recover our lives. He knows how we feel and what we go through because he has lived it. God came to us in Jesus Christ and walked our steps, felt our feelings, experienced everything that we go through. He is the path to wholeness.

—Junius B. Dotson, Soul Reset: Breakdown, Breakthrough, and the Journey to Wholeness (Upper Room Books, 2019)

Today’s Question

What comfort do you find in the truth that God knows what you’re going through? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

[Jesus said,] “Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”
—Matthew 11:28-30 (The Message)

Prayer for the Week

God of new beginnings, help us to reset and reorder our lives around your love, grace, and goodness in the year ahead. Amen. Submit your prayer to The Upper Room.

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5 Comments

  • Lou Posted January 3, 2022 4:39 am

    I find so much comfort in this. Sometimes I wonder if anyone really understands me or what I feel. I find comfort in knowing that God does and therefore I am not alone.
    Blessings to all this day- may you feel the comfort and peace that only God can give.

  • robert moeller Posted January 3, 2022 5:59 am

    Yes, I too am confident that only God truly understands me. Common sense, of course, since I am God’s creation.. Spouses come close, very thankful for the time I had with Soo Ok.
    Worship planning going well, hymns and scripture for Epiphany- Jesus’s baptism ready, some one time read scripture, Communion planned. Thankful Jonathan ‘s shunt problem was resolved.
    Prayers for the NEM family’s needs and concerns. Hope to read your posts. Thank You, Lord.

  • Julie Posted January 3, 2022 8:53 am

    I take comfort from this knowledge but I also yearn for an earthly person who could be a reflection of the Lord’s love and understanding. I have mediation tomorrow afternoon and consequently my acid reflux is debilitating. Megan and I went to the Pompeii exhibit yesterday. It was fascinating and so very detailed since everything was preserved so well under the ash. Please pray for me, especially tomorrow afternoon, thank you.
    Prayers for Ally and David, for improved health and finances, for safe travel for Jill, for hearing from April and for her caregiving, for Lou and her family, and for Robert and his church and their continued worship planning for the coming year. Prayers for Marti and her staff. Thank you for your prayers and may God bless all who visit here.

  • Ally Posted January 3, 2022 10:28 am

    I find great comfort in knowing that God goes ahead me and is ordering my steps. I’m thankful for the times when God “shows up”. I am not as good at trusting God when God seems silent. I am thankful for this forum, they we have this place to share. Julie, will be praying that God places such a person in your path. Will cover your mediation in prayer. Robert, prayers continue for your church and for Erich, that he will have confidence in his future. Prayers for Jill, that her time in Florida was restful and for traveling graces home. Prayers for little Roger to be restored to health. Prayers for Lou and her family and that she feel our love and care for her. May we all feel God’s companionship today. Thank you for sharing from your heart today. Thank you for your prayers for us. Blessings to all.

  • Jill Posted January 3, 2022 3:48 pm

    I am grateful to be able to experience the comfort and peace which only He can give. Knowing He suffered immeasurably provides me with endurance and confidence. It saddens me when others cannot experience this. And, unfortunately, that is between the person and God. There is nothing I can do. I can speak of how it feels, what I have done to draw near to God…but it takes a heart shift and commitment for another.
    Grateful for a most safe trip, unbelievable weather and the time away. Roger did well, and my friend delivered him home so that when I arrived, his whiskery face was waiting for me. Our love fest is going strong. On the heated blanket, on my lap, my forever shadow. He did well with my friend, having no episodes of dramatic lethargy, or refusing to eat.
    Our staff improvement day (teacher meetings) was moved to remote today – a gift. Our district got tests for all of us. I stopped by the building this morning to get one and to do some treasurer work. Came home during lunch and attended the afternoon meetings from home. Not sure if we will be in person tomorrow as the district is trying to determine if there are enough personnel to cover all the absences due to staff Covid. Flexibility is the word of the day. And, the principal is pretty confident we will be remote at some point over the next two weeks.
    Julie – will be keeping you in prayer tomorrow…leading up to and thru mediation.

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