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

NO MATTER WHO WE ARE or how much faith we have, when we face or embrace pain and despair, we likely will cry out to God like the psalmist does in Psalm 42: “Why have you forgotten me?” (v. 9). When our faith in God plays an important role in our life, we naturally will trust God enough to cry out in our anguish—no matter how uncomfortable we feel in questioning or being angry at God. Many believe that questioning is contrary to faith; yet honest questioning is probably one of the most positive expressions of faithfulness and trust in God. Doubt and agonizing questions can only exist where we find profound love and respect—and God loves us and respects us enough to allow, and even welcome, our doubts and questions.

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

From page 28 of Blessed Endurance: Moving Beyond Despair to Hope by John R. Wimmer. Copyright © 2017 by The Upper Room. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. Learn more about or purchase this book.

Today’s Question

What question do you want to ask God today? Share your thoughts.

Today’s Scripture

As a deer longs for flowing streams,
so my soul longs for you, O God.
My soul thirsts for God,
for the living God.
—Psalm 42:1-2, 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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  • Mary Ng Shwu Ling Posted January 28, 2019 2:42 am

    Why are there so many wicked people in this world?

    • Connie Posted January 28, 2019 8:15 am

      Good question.

      • Mary Ng Shwu Ling Posted January 28, 2019 8:45 am

        Thanks Connie!

  • Jill Posted January 28, 2019 4:03 am

    I chuckled at the question. My answer…the amount of questions is innumerable. Thankfully, He has time. Yes, thankfully – My God is big enough. (Chris Rice’s song…Big Enough – playing in the background of my mind.)
    Yes, He desires (maybe even requires?) our honest communication, our cries, our pleas…and along with that…yet, not what I will, but Thine be done. Father, I know I don’t add that often enough at the end. I try to be mindful – in the midst of struggle and strongness – You are my Rock.

  • Julie Posted January 28, 2019 8:06 am

    A timely reflection for me in that I spent last night crying out to the Lord. The pain is worse than I have had since Botox and EVERY task is torture.
    Thankful for Marcy’s update. May she get her glasses and all needed medications and may they be affective. May there be no issues with her heart.
    Mary, I second your question, especially sice I live with one of the evilest. Prayers for you and may your parents be well.
    Prayers for Jill and her family, Robert, Erich and Annaliese, Connie and her family, Betsy and her family, Lou and her family, Andrea and her family, Rusty and his family, April and her family.
    Prayers and blessings dear UR family

    • Mary Ng Shwu Ling Posted January 28, 2019 8:38 am

      Thanks Julie!

      I am very impressed that despite your pain, you still type all the prayers and never give up sharing.

      You are awesome, Julie!

      May God watch over you and deliver you from all evil people!

      Also, may your fingers get better every day!

  • Connie Posted January 28, 2019 8:09 am

    I would ask Him “Why can’t I be more agreeable lately?”. And I would ask Him “Would you help me with this?”
    I would like to say He has answered prayer after prayer in January. Some simple, some not so simple. Thank you, Jesus.
    Thankful for:
    A somewhat lighter snowfall.
    Hope the predicted temps also are not so severe. Easier to cope with in earlier years.
    February is coming, Lent, Spring………Let us sing unto the Lord for He is good.

    • c Posted January 28, 2019 8:11 am

      Dear Lord, please ease Julie’s pain. She is so dear to us. Amen.

      • Connie Posted January 28, 2019 8:13 am


  • Andrea Posted January 28, 2019 9:16 am

    Loving God, please relieve Julie’s pain and ease the stress of her home situation. Please relieve Marcy’s migraine headaches and provide her with glasses. I pray for my sister-in-law, Marcy J., who is at home alone in northern Minnesota, is being treated for heart problems, and needs someone to shovel snow for her. Prayers for all UR friends this snowy, cold, windy day. May those in the winter storm stay safe.

    My question for God: why is there so much in equality and unfairness in the world?

    Blessings, all.

    • Andrea Posted January 28, 2019 2:31 pm

      Should read: Why is there so much inequality and unfairness in the world?

  • robert moeller Posted January 28, 2019 11:38 am

    At first I thought I didn’t have a question or questions, but then the word WHY popped into my head. There are so many phrases that can come after this.

    do people not believe in or accept God?
    are we born only to leave this life?
    do some people have easier lives than others?
    do people make bad decisions?

    I’m sure you can add your own words to this question word.

    Thankful that Erich and I made it home safely last night. Made good time until the snow started, then took an extra hour to finally get home. Had a good night’s sleep, he’s at work today, has a day off tomorrow.

    Prayers for Anneliese, she is having a very rough time with pain. Her muscles don’t support her, she was home alone, couldn’t move, finally got to the ER,
    but got minimal treatment and was sent home. The journey to and from the hospital was shear agony. She had help from her daughter and I am looking for help for her. Hope to have something going soon.

    Yes, Julie, you are amazing with your sore fingers and stressful environment.
    Thank you for your diligence and persistence. Prayers for Marcy that the migraines stop, glasses come, and vision is restored. Thankful Mary is there to help.

    Tough questions asked here. I am sure God knows them before we ask. One day we will know the answers. Until then we have to trust and obey acknowledging that God’s love, grace, and mercy will make up for our inability.

    Prayers for all facing bitter frigid arctic cold and an upcoming snow storm.

    Blessings to all of you.Thank You, Lord.

  • Pat L Champeau Posted January 29, 2019 1:40 am

    What is the difference between enabling someone and helping them?

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