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 the 1980s, the Swedish gerontologist Lars Tornstam developed a theory of aging called gerotranscendence. In a study that took more than twenty years, Tornstam interviewed many older people in Sweden, ages sixty-five through 104. He found that many of these older people had not succumbed to a negative view of aging. …

Tornstam found that many of the older people … were less self-occupied, while also being more selective about their social activities, and they felt they needed only a few friends…. Those who were gerotranscendent believed in a mystery about the universe, and even death had a different meaning for them.

—Richard L. Morgan, Light of Setting Suns: Reflecting on Realities and Mysteries at Ninety Years of Life (Upper Room Books, 2020)

Today’s Question

What do you look forward to as you age? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

The righteous will flourish like a palm tree, …
They will still bear fruit in old age,
they will stay fresh and green,
—Psalm 92:12, 14 (NIV)

Prayer for the Week

Lord of love, grant me courage to accept my trials, learn to
endure them with patience, and realize that such courage
and faith create character. Amen.
Prayer by Richard L. Morgan
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Something More

What does it mean to live a contemplative life? In Everyday Contemplative, Roger Owens challenges readers to expand their definition of contemplative living to encompass all ways of seeking to be more open, available, and responsive to God. Learn more here.

Lectionary Readings

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  • robert moeller Posted November 9, 2022 5:59 am

    I take life day by day, some forward planning here and there, but for the most part it’s the here and now. The when of the transition to a different life approaches but only God knows when that will be. I do hope there will be a move to the Poconos as soon as possible. At the moment neither the market or my son and I are ready, but we are working toward that goal.
    The ability to offer Communion on a flexible schedule is now possible as there are two pastors who can lead it.
    One more class and we will have three people who hav finished the basic Lay Servant course. Our certified lay pastor candidate is making progress too. Prayers that we will have a new bishop the start of the New Year and resolution to the issues splintering the UMC will be addressed.
    A cold spell has returned, have a 10% chance of snow.
    A day or so and we’ll have a better idea about the make up of our government.

  • Ally Posted November 9, 2022 9:21 am

    I do hope that the wisdom purported to come with age comes to me. I haven’t been thrill with looking in the mirror and seeing how gravity has taken over my face. But like Whoopi said, it’s better than the alternative. I do like the gray in my hair. I never cared for my natural coloe. The gray has lightened it and I’m pleased with the results. But wisdom: I need more of that.
    David took a spill early yesterday morning. He said his balance just went. We had to call EMS to help him up. He has PT today and we will address the balance issues and lack of upper body strength with the therapist. We still have hope that increase in function is in his future. Lewis is officially diabetic. He spent the night at vets getting his ketones straightened out and get started on insulin. We hope he will come home today. Scout went to vet Saturday and vet thinks she has heart issues which are causing her symptoms. Her blood work looked good, but x-ray showed that her heart is enlarged. Vet could also hear a strong murmur. She is on a heart med and we hope to see improvements soon.
    So aging is certainly a factor in our household.
    We may get remnants of Nicole over next couple of days. I do hope so. Our area is in moderate drought and we need rain.
    Robert, prayers for your church as it prepares for ministry. Hope you know who your bishop will be soon. April, so good to hear from you and thank you for your prayers and insight. Prayers for you as you care lord your loved one. Lou, prayers continue for you and your family as you mourn your brother. Julie, prayers continue as you manage H and that your PCP has some wisdom for you. Jill, hearing about your kitties is a joy. Any wisdom you have about caring for a diabetic kitty will be much appreciated. Prayers for the student who was stabbed and for all students and teachers at at your school: for safety and peace.

  • Julie Posted November 9, 2022 9:24 am

    For me, aging hasn’t felt like aging. I do not think of myself in that context. Sure I am a year older but it feels no different than it did decades ago. It just is a fact of life. To be sure, my body is aging but I do not think of myself as aging. Hard concept to explain.
    Each day this week has been ten years long and so much has happened each day. Yesterday I had my mammogram and ultrasound which is just such an anxiety fraught ordeal. Happiy all went well. But last evening, Megan’s dad called to say he had called an ambulance because he felt like he might be having another heart attack. During the night he did indeed need to have another stent inserted. I took the boat documents to the boat broker and Megan moved h’s car out of the garage and hers in. Of course the election was going on in the background as well. Luckily, Megan and I vote with mailin ballots. I also called my PCP’s office to ask them to write a letter for the doctor that has been harassing me explaining that as my PCP, he monitors my sodium level and the current number is indeed normal for me.
    Prayers for Ally and David, Jill, Lou, and Robert and Erich.

  • Jill Posted November 9, 2022 10:40 am

    What do I look forward to – good health, more time to be active, time to travel, time to volunteer. Time to have leisurely extended conversations, and time to mentor. I look forward to what the Lord has in store for me…how He will use me when I have more time.
    Ally – sorry to hear about the diabetes diagnosis for Lewis. I had to administer insulin every 12 hours and I could only feed Roger those two times. He was used to having food available and grazing, so that was an adjustment. Once he finished eating, I had to administer the insulin within 20 minutes. No snacking, no treats in between. I honestly don’t feel like he ever felt the injection. He never ran from me, never flinched.
    I had dinner last evening with a former student. Always good to catch up. She is doing well, following her cancer diagnosis and treatment.
    My xray and appointment yesterday is still the lingering issue I had from tennis this summer. The sports med doc, after being pleased with my xray, is calling it bursitis and I begin rehab a week from today. I will also be going on a different anti-inflammatory to try to get this thing under control. I am grateful to still be active, able to play tennis and run, but experience significant discomfort whenever seated. The issue is at the very top of my hamstring.

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