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

Only when we practice a hospitality that welcomes people while making it clear that we need something they offer us in return can transformation at the deepest level occur. When we live by the conviction that everyone brings a gift that someone else desperately needs, we move from hospitality to relationship. There is always a place for hospitality, but over time the Divine yearns for us to move into relationship. And if we continually insist on being the host—the dispenser of hospitality—we essentially cling to privilege and ignore the gifts of others.

—Dee Dee Risher, The Soulmaking Room (Upper Room Books, 2016)

Today’s Question

How can you practice hospitality while also recognizing the gifts that others bring? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

Contribute to the needs of the saints; extend hospitality to strangers.
—Romans 12:13 (NRSV)

Prayer for the Week

Creator God, I give this day over to you and to the mystery of faith. I commit space and time in this very day for soul work. Amen.
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1 Comment

  • Julie Posted August 22, 2023 9:21 am

    Sometimes others do not have the gift of hospitality. Then it is our job to recognize this and offer to host which has a twofold purpose, proviiding a venue of friendship and sharing of ourselves while also modeling the role of host and all that entails. A truly gifted host can create an atmosphere where the feeling of being hosted is lost to the enjoyment of the moment and the togetherness. One can recognize a friend’s gifts by utilizing these gifts, such as listening or organizing.

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