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

Bartimaeus responds to his deliverance from blindness. He “followed Jesus along the road,” and what a road this was! Indeed, five chapters later Mark tells us that Jesus was judged and, though found innocent, was handed over to those who meant him no good. He was then nailed to a cross on which he died a horrible death. What a road this was for Bartimaeus, who had just come from darkness to light! It really shouldn’t surprise us, though. When God sets us free, we have an urge to set others free. And sometimes we find ourselves doing so at great cost. Our response to God’s liberating grace leads us to strange places. May we graciously remain open to this reality, for even in those places, God is with us.

—Stephane Brooks, The Upper Room Disciplines 2021: A Book of Daily Devotions (Upper Room Books, 2020)

Note: This week’s New Every Morning reflections feature excerpts from the current readings in The Upper Room Disciplines 2021. The 2022 edition of Disciplines is now available in regular and enlarged print. Learn more at UpperRoomBooks.com/disciplines.

Today’s Question

When or where have you seen someone demonstrate for others the love and deliverance they have received from Christ? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

Then Jesus said to him, “What do you want me to do for you?” The blind man said to him, “My teacher, let me see again.” Jesus said to him, “Go; your faith has made you well.” Immediately he regained his sight and followed him on the way.
—Mark 10:51-52 (NRSV)

Prayer for the Week

Lord, day after day, grant me the desire to remain in your way and to lean on you for all things. Amen.
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Something More

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Lectionary Readings

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  • robert moeller Posted October 22, 2021 6:01 am

    I find it hard to give an immediate answer to today’s question. I makes me wonder how vigilant I am. Had a good visit with my new up the street friend and a good walk with Erich in Whittaker Woods. Answered his emails, picked up items needed. His long awaited outpatient surgery is coming up, . Very glad it is possible. Discussion of items on the plan we have made. Made small but important progress on my model. Will have church meeting this Sunday with the district superintendent. Now to see how NEM is doing.

  • robert moeller Posted October 22, 2021 6:28 am

    The array and depth of life faced by Julie, Jill, Ally & David, and Lou is amazing. So many issues, concerns with the NEM community, Prayers for good results at doctor visits (ulcers, hernias, high PSA), students taking ACTs, colleague issues, running in the dark, laundry equipment in disarray, less money in checking accounts with higher bills expected, fear of the future, Thankful for flu and Covid booster shots, meals with friends, treatment to resolve medical issues, a safe neighborhood, positive experience at church, job possibilities, and that God is with us always on our journey. Thank You, Lord

  • Ally Posted October 22, 2021 10:19 am

    This question. I must ponder it. First person who comes to mind is my high school friend, Elizabeth. God delivered her from unhealthy relationships and addiction. She shared God’s love as a volunteer in her church, working with the homeless. She now runs a ministry in BB which she helps connect those in need to help with housing, transportation, job search, care for themselves, getting away from unsafe domestic situations, legal aid. God has blessed her with a compassionate heart, boundless energy, and a can-do attitude. She attributes her gifts to literally being saved from death by compassionate friends who introduced her to the love of Christ and the grace Christ extended her. I ask God to show me how I can demonstrate His great love to others. May God bless our group and all who visit today.

  • Jill Posted October 22, 2021 10:37 am

    I saw this in the volunteers I worked with in the Young/Teen Moms program. No judgment, no harshness, just freely giving compassion and time to those less fortunate.
    I think, Robert and Ally, that in the way you lovingly serve your family and your church, this is a way you demonstrate love…the Love which has impacted each of us, through Christ.
    I hope that I am such a vessel, with my students, my dad and members of my small group.
    Even this little space here – where we share, pray, encourage. These things mustn’t be grand in nature. But, rather, consistent and authentic…God-inspired.
    It has been a good week, and I am grateful.

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