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

Note: This week’s New Every Morning reflections are structured differently to follow the format of our featured title Holy Listening, which offers 40 daily meditations with scripture verses for lectio divina, a yoga pose, a breath prayer, and reflection questions.

Consider how God has prepared the way for you. How is God calling you to prepare for your life’s journey? What preparation does your breath, body, and spirit need in this season of life?

—Whitney R. Simpson, Holy Listening with Breath, Body, and the Spirit (Upper Room Books, 2016)

Today’s Breath Prayer

Inhale: Wise One,
Exhale: you prepare the way.
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Today’s Scripture

The beginning of the good news about Jesus Christ, God’s Son, happened just as it was written about in the prophecy of Isaiah:
Look, I am sending my messenger before you.
He will prepare your way,
a voice shouting in the wilderness:
“Prepare the way for the Lord;
make his paths straight.”

—Mark 1:1-3 (CEB)

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  • Jill Posted June 18, 2020 5:52 am

    Yes, He is preparing the way. I think about what “my way” looks like, as far as significant events which lie ahead. Naturally, I think of losing dad – and how that will impact me. I am so grateful for how close dad and I have become, beginning several years before mom got ill. And the easy ability with which we are able to have more significant conversations. It is so good to see him healing well from mom’s loss. He will never be over it, the ache and hole is in his heart is real. Yet – he has accepted it and continues to live. It is so good. It brings me to tears of gratitude right now. A few of my friends believe I have not “grieved” mom properly – that all of my focus has been on dad. And that when he passes – I will have such a hard time. I am trusting God – my Comforter, my Healer, The Preparer of my way.
    I felt so well yesterday. It is almost like I can’t remember the last time I felt this well. After golf, I took a long walk. And then last evening – I still felt so good, I decided to work outside. I chuckle as I read April’s working to rid the weeds. I have this incredibly invasive vine that is a manifestation in the tree line that marks my property line on one side. A few times every summer I whack away at it – from the top of my garage roof all the way back to my house. The past few weeks it has been closer to my house and patio area, overgrowing where my flowers and perennial beds are. Trash pick-up is this morning, so I was still feeling so well at 7 last night that I decided to work on it and get as much into my trash as I could. Donning two pairs of gloves and long sleeved shirt (as I think some of it is poison sumac – I worked on it. Weeds and the vine, though incessant and determined, got removed. There is still work to do from the garage roof – but that is for another day.
    Ally – He is the Preparer of your way – and this unexpected twist in plans – He will work it for good.

  • robert moeller Posted June 18, 2020 7:15 am

    Just because of my age I think about being prepared for Homecoming. While we can pass away at any time, the older you get the surety of it happening becomes more evident and certain. Have worked on plans that will help others when I’m no longer available. Have not figured out how to see previous posts, know I have done it, but at the moment I’m stymied. Want to respond but can’t do that if I can’t read them. Steady progress on my models, nice quick work has not been a trademark. I slog along. Am headed in the right direction. Prayers for solutions †o the pandemic, the economy, job searches, racism, health care, and well being for the UR family, the nation, and the people of the world. ThankYou, Lord, for New Every Morning. Just think of all the “fresh starts” God gives us in our life time.

  • Julie Posted June 18, 2020 8:19 am

    I do believe God prepares the way and me for the upcoming challenging path. He sent me to a wonderful lawyer and has strengthened my mind and body. When h stopped spending any time with Megan and I, many years ago, the gaslighting ended and I had reawakening of my true self. I had always been an intellegent and self suffiecient and competent person and I found her again during his time of absence. He lived with us but had literally no interaction with us. I found my self agian, my true self.
    Prayers for Jill, may she continue to enjoy good health and strong family ties. I, too, dread my mom’s inevitable passing.
    Prayers for Robert and his quest for old posts. Try the blog or the three lines at top left.
    Prayers for April and her kind act of pulling weeds. The UR Sight Psalm was the verse about Jesus being the true vine and us being the branches and this is another analogy for the weeds, as the root stays strong but the shoots die when separated from the root.
    Prayers for Ally, my heart went out to you immediately as I read your post. May God lead you to a new “door,” a job that is better for your care giving duties.
    Prayers for Marcy, may the MRI reveal the source of the pain and swelling and may relief be imminent.
    Chai is eating, but not as well as previously. The meds were reduced per initial vet instructions and I wonder if this is the issue. Tazzie continues to do well, I pray this continues. They do sleep together at times, yeah!
    Prayers, thank you and good health of body and soul dear UR one and all

  • Ally Posted June 18, 2020 2:25 pm

    God is calling me to something new. Isaiah 43:16-21 says:
    This is what God says,
    the God who builds a road right through the ocean,
    who carves a path through pounding waves,
    The God who summons horses and chariots and armies—
    they lie down and then can’t get up;
    they’re snuffed out like so many candles:
    “Forget about what’s happened;
    don’t keep going over old history.
    Be alert, be present. I’m about to do something brand-new.
    It’s bursting out! Don’t you see it?
    There it is! I’m making a road through the desert,
    rivers in the badlands.
    Wild animals will say ‘Thank you!’
    —the coyotes and the buzzards—
    Because I provided water in the desert,
    rivers through the sun-baked earth,
    Drinking water for the people I chose,
    the people I made especially for myself,
    a people custom-made to praise me.
    There is a blessing in my “new normal”.
    When I’m ready to receive it, I will recognize it, even if I can’t see it now. I ask God to help me prepare my heart by listening for God’s voice. Please continue prayers as David and I adjust.
    Jill, so glad you are feeling well enough to work outside. Julie, I’m so happy you have found a good lawyer to protect your interests. Prayers continue as you seek God’s wisdom. Also praying for Chai and Tazzie. Robert, thank you for that last sentence of your post. God is giving me another fresh start. I’m trying to embrace it. I pray Marcy gets answers from the MRI and that Lucy Lou’s mouth feels better. This has been a crazy year and some months. My heart surgery, hospitalization for infection, losing my mama in June, High hopes for the new year, then COVID. Coming close to losing David and then his miraculous healing. Seemed things were settling down. Now this. I thank y’all so much for your prayers. Know that I lift up my UR family and the each day. I pray all of us can be part of the solution to spread the good news of Christ, promote justice, and work for peace. Blessings to all.

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