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

Reality is the only thing we have that can possibly nourish hope. Hope is not based on the ability to fabricate a better future; it is grounded in the ability to remember with new understanding an equally difficult past—either our own or someone else’s. The fact is that our memories are the seedbed of our hope. They are the only things we have that prove to us that whatever it was we ever before thought would crush us to the grave, would trample our spirits into perpetual dust, would fell us in our tracks, had actually been survived. And if that is true, then whatever we are wrestling with now can also be surmounted.

—Joan D. Chittister, in Hope: It’s More Than Wishful Thinking, compiled and introduced by Amy Lyles Wilson (Fresh Air Books, 2010)

Today’s Question

What memories from the past give you hope for overcoming present difficulties? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

Lead me in your truth—teach it to me—
because you are the God who saves me.
I put my hope in you all day long.

—Psalm 25:5 (CEB)

Prayer for the Week

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.
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Lectionary Readings

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  • robert moeller Posted October 1, 2021 5:25 am

    Very recently two almost severe car accidents didn’t happen. Almost hit by a big pickup truck, there was room off the road and I was able to dodge it. Earlier the same day I was almost rear-ended by a car following too close. Thankfully everyone is safe and sound.
    My model is getting closer to the finished line, very thankful for that too.
    A new month starts today, resources replenished, life continues, another reason to be thankful.
    Hope to review this week’s posts today and catch up with all of you. Will respond Saturday.
    You are in my prayers. Thank You, Lord.

  • Julie Posted October 1, 2021 9:06 am

    I have lived of pain and deprivation and have somehow survived. As it is said, this too shall pass.
    Yesterday was the pretial hearing. Only lawyers and judge in the courtroom. Megan and I waited outside away from h who had been staring at us. Mediation is set for January 4, the courtroom is reserved for 3 hours. This will be difficult since we both want the house and he keeps trying to get the date of separation changed. However at least my lawyer assured me that the date of separation will stand at the date I was served the divorce papers, which was one year ago today.
    Prayers for Ally and David’s health finances and family relationships. Prayers for Roger and may the vet accurately diagnosis his issue and find a means of relief. Prayers for Robert as he continues to the finish of such a vast poject, may it prove fulfilling and rewarding. Prayers for Marti and her staff. Thank you for your prayers and may God bless all who visit here.

  • Jill Posted October 1, 2021 4:32 pm

    There is much truth in this reading. When in the midst of difficult times, it seems that relief is not a possibility and that are stamina will run out. Yet, we can fondly look back and see that we were carried through the trial – and, perhaps, are better suited to now help someone else in their distress.
    I think there are so often situations where the timeline is unclear – and that adds to the intensity of the trial. If there was a finite ending – we could have that end goal in sight. But, alas, that is not often the case.
    But God. Always, but God. In His infinite wisdom, His sure sovereignty, His promised presence – accompanies us – and we are not alone.
    Roger did indeed bounce back as he has previous times. My best friend – who nursed Roger back to health as I was getting ready to “rescue” him – will help me on Monday – sedate him and get him to the vet. I hope he will be feeling well this weekend.
    Excited to have tennis tonight, tomorrow and Sunday. Hoping to feel much more free on the court and to be aggressive and active.
    School was relatively quiet, considering all that took place yesterday. Two of the four local news did a story on it. My dad didn’t see either of them – and I talked with him about what transpired today.
    Grateful this week is behind me – it was a good week, despite the chaoticness of yesterday. Within the walls of my classroom – all is well.

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