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

Failure teaches us about our weaknesses and the limits of our power. Loss bids us value the treasure of the here and now, heightening our awareness of the precious moments in which we live. . . . The quality of our days can be shaped beneficially by how we respond to failure and loss. Some of God’s best work in us is done in the wake of unwelcome events.

—Susan Carol Scott, Still Praying After All These Years: Meditations for Later Life (Upper Room Books, 2019)

Today’s Question

What are some ways you have responded to failure and loss? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

Teach us to count our days that we may gain a wise heart.
—Psalm 90:12 (NRSV)

Prayer for the Week

Sustainer of all that is, give me a faith that hopes for what I cannot see. Thank you for the small miracles that find me each day. Amen.
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  • robert moeller Posted October 13, 2023 6:19 am

    Response to failure, pray and try again, response to loss, turn to God.
    A mix of sun and clouds , more40s-50s weather with no rain. Fellowship time at 8:30. Lay led worship Sunday. One of our faith community is at Walk to Emaus where our pastor is leading worship.
    Thankful for Julie’s care for h, he knows not what he does. Ally & David, Jill, her family, and Julie are in my prayers. Thank You, Lord.

  • Ally Posted October 13, 2023 9:44 am

    Unfortunately, I tend to beat myself up over failures. I have trouble moving forward. As far as loss goes, I tend to get stuck. Again, hard to move forward. I’m asking God to surround my heart with God’s love and help me learn and and love and move on when I need to.
    Jill, wonderful news that your family is on the mend and that therapy is going well. Robert, prayers for your church this coming Sunday and for you and Erich as you do work together in therapy. Julie, so glad to hear the painting is going well.
    My heart is heavy as I read the news of what is happening in Israel. May God protect all the innocent and May peace reign.

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