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

PHOTOGRAPHY HEALS because it offers the Spirit the opportunity to touch our soul with “sighs too deep for words.” Sometimes we venture out with our cameras because we seek healing of some type. We do not have the words to address the pain, so we allow the Spirit to speak for us through the gift of our camera. At other times, we discover places where the Spirit has healed the undetected wounds in our soul. Either way, photography heals in cooperation with the Spirit.

—Valerie K. Isenhower, Meditation on Both Sides of the Camera: A Spiritual Journey in Photography (Upper Room Books, 2012)

Today’s Question

How do you need the Spirit to heal you today?  Share your thoughts.

Today’s Scripture

“Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but that very Spirit intercedes with sighs too deep for words.”
—Romans 8:26 (NRSV)

Prayer for the Week

Breathe on me, Breath of God.
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  • Bj Posted October 24, 2019 6:29 am

    Good morning, UR family! Lord, Your will be done, lead us on through this day. Lord, Your will be done of what You have us to do this day, and may we do it right in Your name. Any task we will form, please Lord give us the strength in Your name. Lord, when we are weak, Your will be done to make us strong. When we are in the dark, Your will be done to bring us into the light. We love You Jesus and cannot get alone without You. Amen. I love all of you and have a blessed. Julie, the Lord is still blessing you.

  • Bj Posted October 24, 2019 6:33 am

    Sorry for the last line. It should have said, I love all of you and have a blessed day.

    • Lou Posted October 24, 2019 7:44 am

      Amen BJ! Amen!
      Thank you for your words and prayers this morning –
      Blessing to all at the UR.

  • Robert Moeller Posted October 24, 2019 7:58 am

    They say a picture is worth a 1000 words. With the Spirit, it goes far beyond that in ways we can only imagine.

    Have sent pictures of a train trip through Crawford Notch in NH, the model of
    Swanton VT station, and the Landecker layout to friends. Have found videos that show steam locomotives from over 100 years ago still operating. They are lik the ones that ran on the Hersfeld District Railroad which inspires the Landecker layout.

    Oh yes, Bj! Amen to that prayer. I would not be where I am without Jesus. Thank You, Lord.

    Very glad there are posts before mine. They are very helpful. Prayers for all the UR family. God is with you.

  • Julie Posted October 24, 2019 8:16 am

    Yes, I, too, am glad for previous posts, though none help me answer the query. I find it ambiguous. How could mean in what manner acknowedging that we all may not find healing behind a camera. But how could mean also how as in what needs tobe healed. How can God further our healing. I think they may be linked, if we remain in need of finding that which heals our souls then there remain unhealed spaces. I have so many hurts that need healed and there are as many possibilities to accomplish this.
    Prayers of Amen and amen to BJ’s prayer. Thank you for your uplifting prayer BJ, as always you speak the truth eloquently.
    Prayers for Jill, may your discomfort continue to subside. I have not received the medication yet as it is being mailed to me. I will contact my doctor prior to beginning to ask about side effects (I know severe headaches are a possibility) as well as what timeframe to see positive results.
    Prayers for Lou, may all be well with her and her family.
    Prayers for Robert and his wide knowledge of all things trains. I am sure this passion helps him stay so young.
    Prayers for Mary, for abundant joy and blessings.
    Prayers for April, Andrea, Betsy, Connie and Marcy.
    Prayers, blessings, warm hugs and thank you UR family

    • Mary Ng Shwu Ling Posted October 24, 2019 11:30 pm

      I used to take a picture a day and even write a sentence a day.

      It’s kind of therapeutic.

      Thank you God for blessing us with many ways to be healed!

      Thank you everyone for your prayers!


    • Jill Posted October 25, 2019 3:34 am

      Julie – check back to a few days ago…posts.

  • Connie Posted October 24, 2019 11:29 am

    I need to be healed from my harsh attitude-stress seems to be changing me.
    Robert, I received some special stamps with steam engines and a golden railway spike. My Grandfather was a dispatcher for the railroad and my daughter-in-law sent the stamps.
    Today I am thankful for the prayer for the week, as the song is my favorite. My Forget-Me-Nots are still pretty, as I am covering them and my Christmas Poinsettia.
    Forgive me for my absence, but the computer area is not as available lately. Blessings to all and to God be the Glory.

  • Andrea Posted October 24, 2019 1:56 pm

    I am not a photographer however I find that in viewing photography I sometimes feel the movement of the Spirit. I do find nature is filled with evidence of the Spirit, with or without a camera.

    Trains symbolize a nostalgic past, especially the sound of a train whistle. We have a historic diesel train that runs along the St. Croix River, a federally protected “Wild and Scenic River” very near our house. We ride it every year or two, and it always brings to mind my first train ride, with my grandfather, on a Great Northern train from Minneapolis to the Iron Range, sixty or so years ago. There is also a train track about a mile from us, and I love to hear the twice-daily train’s whistle blow at dawn and in the evening. It is, for some reason, a very reassuring sound.

    Thank you, Bj, for your comments to start our day.

    Blessings, all. I pray each of you will sense the Spirit’s presence today. Prayers for you and those for whom you pray.

  • Jill Posted October 25, 2019 3:33 am

    I need the Spirit to heal me of my wrong attitude regarding my sister. And, there is a situation at school, which has been brewing for at least 6 weeks, regarding a parent – this, too, needs continued repentance. I was convicted regarding this parent and student a few weeks ago and I was so grateful. Yet, I still find myself with wrong attitudes. Praise God for His grace.
    The colors of Fall are bursting here, highlighted yesterday by brilliant sunshine. The temperatures were mild, but I was unable to be outside to enjoy them. Even looking out my office window brought joy and a moment of stillness.
    Good to see so many posts – thank you UR friends.

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