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

I was still deeply thirsty for God. I knew I wanted to start reading the Bible again, but I didn’t know where I wanted to start. The mere thought of starting at Genesis and working my way through seemed overwhelming. I started by nibbling my way through the Psalms. I reasoned that if I couldn’t connect with people in the pews, I’d try to reconnect with the prayers and praises of the psalmists. I found myself strangely comforted just reading the earnest sincere offerings of people who also hungered for God, who sinned against God, and who yearned for forgiveness. Reading the Psalms allowed me to grow into my own haphazard prayers and to inch my way before God with all my conflicting thoughts and feelings.

—Enuma Okoro, Reluctant Pilgrim: A Moody, Somewhat Self-Indulgent Introvert’s Search for Spiritual Community (Fresh Air Books, 2010)

Today’s Question

How has reading the Psalms shaped you?
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Today’s Scripture

Your word is a lamp to my feet
and a light to my path.
—Psalm 119:105 (NRSV)

Prayer for the Week

God of hope, when we reach out to you with our dreams and our confessions, may we feel you reaching back out to us. Nourish our spirits, and nudge us to incorporate you into the rhythm of our days. Amen. Submit your prayer to The Upper Room.

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  • robert moeller Posted February 11, 2022 5:55 am

    I find the Psalms very helpful. Knowing God knew me before I was born, knit me in my mother’s womb, and has been with me all my life is reassuring. The year long read through the Bible includes a psalm every day, there is also a psalm in the weekly lectionary. Thank You, Lord for the Psalms.
    Prayers for Erich and me as we try to resolve issues, My prayers for Julie, Megan, Jill, Larry, Becky,
    Ally & David, Lou, her children and Mom, April, and everyone who comes to NEM continue. Thank You, Lord.

  • Julie Posted February 11, 2022 8:35 am

    The Psalms are people’s feelings and reflections on God and their relationship with him. They are often raw and very emotion driven. This helps me bring my true emotions to God also.
    The diuretic seems to have worked as I now have things at the end of my legs that are recognizable as feet. My feet and legs are still very painful but the emergence of the feet is a step forward.
    Prayers for Robert and Erich as they continue to work on issues of conflict. Prayers for Ally’s finances and for retrieval of family momentos. Prayers for Jeremy’s and Roger’s health to be fully restored. Prayers for Jill, Larry and Becky. Thank you for your prayers and may God bless all who visit here.

  • Jill Posted February 11, 2022 11:26 am

    The Psalms are a lifeline to me. It is there that I learned about true lament, about being fully honest and known by God. Yes, He knows me…but there is something about telling Him about myself – I guess it helps me to fully know myself, and the person He is creating. The Psalms are utterly precious to me.
    Whew – a five day work week with students drawing to a close. The hecticness has definitely been ramped up this week. Our school store is finally up and operational – this will significantly increase the workload on the treasurer end…which is as it should be.
    Dad is busy making plans for the sale of the condo. He and my sister and brother-in-law are going to where they will be buying today – to see what possibilities are available. Dad closes on March 2 and has to have everything out by March 16. Things will start to happen very quickly upon his return.

  • Ally Posted February 11, 2022 2:32 pm

    As a really young child, my mother taught me the Our Father and Psalm 23. There have been Psalms I have prayed when I was in despair, such as Psalm 121 and those that bring peace when I’m riddled with anxiety, such as Psalm 56. Psalm 40 brings me hope when I feel stuck. Praying the Psalms is a go-to when I can’t say my own words. Thank you for your prayers and know I lift up your concerns as well. Love to all.

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