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

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Today’s Reflection

THE HOPE of God’s resurrecting power empowers us to endure and to seek wholeness even as we suffer for we know that the crosses we bear will ultimately lead to our resurrections in this life and resurrection with Christ in the life to come. This is the hope of the gospel: Christ has died, Christ is risen, Christ will come again.

—John R. Wimmer
Blessed Endurance: Moving Beyond Despair to Hope

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Today’s Question

What is your hope to tomorrow? Share your thoughts.

Today’s Scripture

But you, O Lord, do not be far away!
O my help, come quickly to my aid!
—Psalm 22:19, NRSV

This Week: May the God of everlasting hope grant you blessed endurance on your journey. Submit your prayer to The Upper Room Living Prayer Center or share it in the comment section.

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  • Jill Posted January 30, 2019 4:55 am

    He is risen. He is risen indeed!
    He holds tomorrow and He holds me.
    Very cold here, with schools closed for the next two days. I will be venturing out today, as my mom’s best friend’s funeral is this afternoon. I am going to be picking up my parents and taking them. As for now, mom is planning on going – I guess we will see what the day brings.
    Praying for the concerns of this UR group.

  • Cindi Acree Posted January 30, 2019 6:28 am

    My hope is to change to a job that will use my God given strengths and talents in coaching.

    • Connie Posted January 30, 2019 8:31 am

      May you achieve your hope.

  • Betsy Posted January 30, 2019 6:57 am

    My hope for tomorrow is for our world leaders to experience the strength and peace that only our God can supply. May we have that hope moving forward. Praying for this faithful group of believers. Stay warm in the days to come.

    • Mary Ng Shwu Ling Posted January 30, 2019 7:05 am

      My hope is that this world will be filled with good people.

      • Connie Posted January 30, 2019 8:32 am

        More like you, Mary.

        • Mary Ng Shwu Ling Posted January 30, 2019 9:13 am

          … and you, Connie!
          … and everyone here!

          Blessings and thanks for the compliment!

  • Lou Posted January 30, 2019 8:01 am

    My hope is for peace- peace in my own heart and peace for God’s world.
    Prayers for everyone today affected by this bitter cold. Prayers that all may find shelter- our windchill in Chicago is -45 currently. Prayers for safety for all.

    • Connie Posted January 30, 2019 8:26 am

      Same here, Lou…..take care, it’s quite hazardous. God keep you safe.

  • Julie Posted January 30, 2019 8:18 am

    I hope that all have safe shelter during this frigidly cold weather.
    I hope that our leaders can work together and keep the government workers in their jobs and receiving their paychecks.
    Prayers and blessings for each of you and your shared concerns that weigh on your hearts.
    Prayers and blessings and warm hugs for all of the UR family

  • Connie Posted January 30, 2019 8:28 am

    “Blessed Endurance” is what keeps me going.

  • Andrea Posted January 30, 2019 9:19 am

    My hope is for people to stay safe in the bitter cold that has moved in across many states. I am thankful for a warm, heated house and bright sunshine streaming in the windows.

    I stupidly threw my back out last week, helping Lowell move my small but heavy desk to the upstairs, and it is still extremely tender, along with my foot. I appreciate your prayers, dear friends.

    Prayers, love, and wishing all a blessed day.

    • Connie Posted January 31, 2019 8:17 am

      Hope your back gets better quickly. Prayers for you and Lowell. May February bring complete healing to you both….and many good days.

  • robert moeller Posted January 30, 2019 11:44 am

    Hope to tomorrow OR hope for tomorrow? Christ is my hope for today and the future. It is Christ that makes hope possible.

    Very thankful that after almost two weeks Anneliese’s muscle pain has finally subsided. She was sent to the ER by her doctor, received little attention, and was then sent home. In a prayerful evening the pain subsided and she was able to get up in the morning with much less discomfort and actually make breakfast for herself. Thankful too that health insurance will continue.

    Thankful that the 5 inches of light fluffy snow has been plowed and shoveled as it will get cold with the arctic vortex coming next.

    Erich’s work is coming along, he’ll have a pay check soon.

  • robert moeller Posted January 30, 2019 12:05 pm

    Glad to go back to yesterday’s posts. May God’s wisdom come to the US government and a law be passed that makes shutdowns very difficult to do.
    Warmth and safety to all experiencing or about to experience this frigid arctic weather. Healing and relief for Julie’s hands and feet, Marcy’s migraines, breathing, and well being. Thankful Marcy has Mary to help her. Prayers for Lou, Andrea, Lowell, Connie, Betsy, and all new comers to the UR. May God guide you Alci to the job that uses the talents you were given.

    Very thankful for the blessings that have come my way over the past few days.
    Increase heating bills can be paid, Erich is working. Anneliese is getting better. A new month is approaching and there will be choir practice, worship with communion, Bible study and an 80th birthday celebration at church.
    I pray that each of you have blessings this day. Thank You, Lord

    • Connie Posted January 31, 2019 8:20 am

      PTL – things are going good/better for Erich, Annaliese, and YOU.

      • Connie Posted January 31, 2019 8:21 am


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