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

Scripture tells you to wait on the Lord, but you live in an impatient world that demands instant gratification. God is calling you to model faithful, persistent patience. Reflect on God’s counsel in the psalmist’s words, and consider how you are using time in this season of late life: “Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord!” (Ps. 27:14).

—Missy Buchanan, From Dry Bones to Living Hope: Embracing God’s Faithfulness in Late Life (Upper Room Books, 2021)

Today’s Question

What might it look like for you to be “persistently patient” in this season of life? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

Be patient, therefore. brothers and sisters, until the coming of the Lord.
—James 5:7 (NRSVUE)

Prayer for the Week

Gracious God, open our eyes to see the gifts of this season of life. May we seek your wisdom and pursue our holy purpose with authentic hearts. Amen.
Submit your prayer to The Upper Room.

Something More

Lent is just around the corner! Ash Wednesday is on February 14 this year. Learn more about popular resources for the season at Store.UpperRoom.org/lent.

Lectionary Readings

(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)

Looking for lectionary-based resources? Learn more about The Upper Room Disciplines.


  • Rusty Posted January 24, 2024 10:19 am

    I find it kind of interesting to ponder that when I first came to the UR and started to become acquainted with this family, Missy Buchanan’s writings seemed so remote because she was writing about a season of life that seemed sooo far into the future.

    Now I am that season! 😆

    Persistent patience is such a valuable concept. I’ve written in this forum before about how retirement from my 40 year legal career looks really nothing like I imagined. Life has not slowed down, but only transformed. I “patiently” awaited a lifestyle that was not on God’s agenda for me. Instead it is full of baby bottles and preschool projects. And it is a blessing I could never have imagined.

    I think being persistently patient in waiting for the Lord is as much about waiting to see what he has for us as anything else. We think we know what things we are waiting for. We don’t. My life has (time and again) proven that it’s all about waiting for him

  • Ally Posted January 24, 2024 6:02 pm

    I’m not a patient person at all. God teaches me through waiting on God. I ask God to give me what I need through giving me ears to hear.
    We are enjoying our “new” car and thankful to have reliable transportation. I’m in training this week for a new certification for my job and should have interview for another position within the mental health center where I work. I would be doing something new and excited to possibly do something different. David is having some balance issues again. He’s agreed to call his dr. to see if he can order some outpatient physical therapy. This week has been grueling. Looking forward to relaxing tonight with a quick supper, my book, and maybe a movie. Rusty, thank you for sharing about the joy of the children.
    Haven’t seen a post from Robert. Praying all is well. Jill, I pray your pain is better. PrYers. For all my friends here. Love to all.

Add Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *