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

The Bible leads us through the stories of our spiritual ancestors—Abraham and the others—into relationship with the One who knew us before Creation began. There is room in the stories for mystery. There is room to maneuver between nature and nurture; the Word of God is a great creator of space, a fine choreographer of connections. The example of Abraham—messy, frequently in error, yet with a faith that was reckoned to him as righteousness—has been reckoned to me as encouragement in a family system that is beautifully complicated by birth and adoption, its patterns reworked and interwoven across generations and genealogies.

—Rosalind C. Hughes, A Family Like Mine: Biblical Stories of Love, Loss, and Longing (Upper Room Books, 2020)

Today’s Question

How much room for mystery is there in your faith? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes.
—Ephesians 1:4 (NLT)

Prayer for the Week

God of infinite love, thank you for loving us even before we were born. Help us to realize that your family has room for each of us. Guide us to accept ourselves and others as we seek to grow closer to you. Amen.
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  • robert moeller Posted November 24, 2022 7:24 am

    By any human standard mystery can’t be measured any more than faith can be measured. God knows, it is by God’s measure that these are measured. The same is true of hope, grace, love, and mercy, all beyond even our wildest imagination. So belief in God means these are all mysteries, yet we hold them to be true as they rightly are. Thank You, Lord for these great truths and mysteries.
    Happy Thanksgiving to ALL. Today’s celebration is also a mystery for the facts behind what we call the first Thanksgiving, the Pilgrims and Native American gathering in Plimoth, don’t back up what over the last 400 years has become our tradition. I won’t take away from the idea to give thanks, we should always be doing that, but details of that gathering, a mere paragraph, don’t quite match our collective and modified memory. Nonetheless we have a lot to be thankful for and giving thanks makes a lot of sense. God is with you all today and grateful for the thanks you offer.
    A frosty start to the day, 21 going up to 41 and then down to 18 under sunny skies here in NH.
    Very thankful for the meal we will enjoy today, it will be the first time in my life I have eaten such a meal on this holiday. Beef short ribs, squash porridge, pork and vegetable dumplings, steamed rice, and kimchi. May your dinner bring you great joy as well. Thank You, Lord.

  • Larry Dyer Posted November 24, 2022 5:37 pm

    Nothing in the spiritual realm needs to be explained. A miracle ìs is a faith belief. No mystery.

  • Jill Posted November 24, 2022 7:50 pm

    Robert – I appreciate your take on mystery and faith – measureless by human perspective. But surely God knows. Thankfully, there is more room for mystery in my faith walk, and acceptance of His “other” ways – so beyond me. And, yet, perfect in His timing and placement.
    A lovely day together with family. Warm enough to eat outdoors – don’t remember doing that on Thanksgiving before. Some of us ladies went out for a walk later in the afternoon. The sun was so welcomingly warm.
    As I was gathering all my stuff to go to Becky’s – God brought to mind a wonderful thought. Dad no longer has to get up on holiday mornings and be by himself, stuck with his rememberings and sorrow. While he still lived by himself, he would say how hard it was to come back from being with Becky for several weeks in Florida – and get up in the morning to a quiet, empty house. Now, each morning, he has someone to greet – and especially so on holidays. Grateful for that thought, and grateful for the gratitude which ensued.
    I, too, reflected on how nice it is to have my kittens in the house with me. I am back, talking to cats. It is good, and I love them so much. They have found Roger’s favorite spot, on the back of my couch by the window. More often than not, now, when I pull in the driveway, I spot them.
    Looking forward to some low key days ahead. Becky, dad and Don are coming over Saturday to see the kittens, watch the Ohio State/Michigan game and play some cards.
    Thankful for this space, for the Upper Room community and for those who share from deep within. May we all be faithful in holding each other in prayer before our great God.

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