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

During these weeks preceding Christmas, we restore color and beauty to our homes, we cast light into darkened corners, and we restore our spirits with song and mirth. As Christians, there is a growing awareness for us that a new year is approaching as Advent begins and, with it, new promises of grace and goodness. God is always at work restoring.

Today, you might take note of these hopes and dreams. Perhaps you can consider the broken places that need to be mended, the lackluster that can be brightened, the rough edges of life that need to be made smooth. That is God’s work. God’s business. And today can be the day of restoration.

—Todd Outcalt, Let Us Go Now to Bethlehem: Daily Devotions for Advent and Christmas (Upper Room Books, 2020)

Today’s Question

Where do you need God’s restoration in your life? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

When the LORD changed Zion’s circumstances for the better,
it was like we had been dreaming.
Our mouths were suddenly filled with laughter;
our tongues were filled with joyful shouts.
It was even said, at that time, among the nations,
“The LORD has done great things for them!”
—Psalm 126:1-2 (CEB)

Prayer for the Week

God, the One who has brought all things into existence, I welcome the lessons and love—expected and unexpected—you will bring today.
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  • Julie Posted December 10, 2021 8:22 am

    I feel like a husk, I need restored. I am frantic about the job search, but I turned down an offer yesterday that seemed fishy. At least it was an offer though. I am also dreading the fact that soon I will be alone all the time. Megan begins working evenings next week and that was the only time I had any company.
    Prayers for Ally’s disability aplication, David’s continued unsteadiness, Jeremy’s urinary tract to remain unblocked so he can remain home and the money to pay the vet bills. Prayers for Jill and her students to have forebearance for one another, for Larry’s anxiety to abate and for Roger’s diabetes to respond to the insulin. Prayers for Robert’s church as they continue to seek a pastor and for Erich to rely on his own actions regarding his future. Prayers for Marti and her staff.
    Thank you for your prayers and may God bless all who visit here.

  • Jill Posted December 10, 2021 11:29 am

    As this new variant is driving numbers up – especially in my area – I feel like we are re-entering the many challenges of the pandemic. Some people don’t give it another thought, while others will be very cautious and alienated. The hope of Christmas and a new year seems to have dissipated with this realization. On the local news last night – in my 6 state area, we are accounting for 50% of the nations new Covid cases. That is sobering and I know the hospitals here are again stretched way too far.
    My nephew (the vaccinated one) has invited dad, Becky, Don and I over for pizza and a movie this evening. We will watch King Richard – the movie about Venus and Serena Williams’ dad – and how he raised his daughters to be great tennis champions. This means so much to dad – spending time with family. I am grateful that my youngest nephew is sensitive to this.
    Looking forward to a low key weekend. Planning on doing Roger’s blood glucose curve tomorrow – blood testing every two hours for 12 hours. He was pretty patient the last time I did this. He doesn’t understand why I am fiddling with his ears, but for the most part was ok. Tomorrow is supposed to be windy and rainy – so looking forward to being home all day. Cautiously optimistic for improved numbers. But still anticipating them being too high, as he is still taking in a lot of water.

  • Ally Posted December 10, 2021 4:23 pm

    Was getting ready to publish my comment and put my tablet down to hand David something. Our little Mickey Monster stepped on the back button. I feel like we are experiencing deconstruction and being rebuilt from scratch. Thoughts? Know you are all in my prayers and that the things close to your heart are in them. Love to all.

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