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

Doubt is nothing of which to be ashamed or which causes God to turn from us. Doubt is a speed bump on the spiritual journey, and some of us have more speed bumps to cross than others. And yet, while acknowledging this condition, an invitation to resist getting comfortable with our doubts remains. Perhaps at this point we are thankfully reminded that God does not call us to journey alone. In our season of doubt it can help to remember that we have a community of persons behind us, praying, waiting to hear of our spiritual experiences, hoping to share their own stories and learning to hobble together toward deepening belief.

—Enuma Okoro, Silence and Other Surprising Invitations of Advent (Upper Room Books, 2012)

Today’s Question

Who has encouraged you during seasons of doubt? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

Let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds.
—Hebrews 10:24 (NIV)

Prayer for the Week

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Something More

For many people, this time of year brings up feelings of loneliness, anxiety, grief, and despair. Join us to pray for those in need, or share your own prayer request at The Upper Room Prayer Wall.

Lectionary Readings

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  • robert moeller Posted December 14, 2021 7:51 am

    I like the comparison of doubt to speed bumps. Lately I have more challenges to my faith, but the Bible, Bible study, NEM, walks and talks in the woods, and worship help me I have experiences that help me too. Chapter 3 of INCARNATION is helping as well. Thankful the Immanuel of Isaiah became the Emanuel of the Gospels. For believers Christ is in us. Thank You, Lord.
    Prayers for calm, peace, reassurance, and resolution for Julie, Ally&David, Jill, and Lou as well as all the NEM family. God is with us in every situation and God helps us make our way.

  • Julie Posted December 14, 2021 8:21 am

    Prayer, UR Devotionals and NEM as well as this group of friends help me over the speed bumps of faith and doubt.
    Prayers for Ally and her many financial concerns as well as her concerns regarding her own health as well as David’s and Jeremy’s. My heart joins yours as we wail to God, may he hear our cries regarding your rent increase, your disability application, Jeremy’s vet bills and needed surgery. Prayers for David and Jeremy’s health issues. Prayers for Jill and her students as they enter the exam period, for Larry’s anxiety and Roger’s diabetes. Prayers for Lou’s miracle child and her continued fierceness of spirit. Prayers for Robert’s church and Erich’s future. Prayers for Marti and her staff.
    Thank you for your prayers and may God bless all who visit here.

  • Julie Posted December 14, 2021 9:10 am

    I meer with the lawyer today about the divorce. Please pray that she has open ears to hear my suggestions and agrees to advocate on my begalf.

  • Jill Posted December 14, 2021 9:53 am

    My two dearest friends as well as a few treasured friends at my church help me navigate the speed bumps of doubt, suffering, and faith. God has been most gracious to me in this respect.
    Two very different resources – one Advent and the other not – proclaimed the same message this morning…JOY. I had never seen Philippians 4:4-7 as part of an Advent devotion – but there it was this morning. The two points which jumped out to me were JOY and the Lord is near. Then, from the Old Testament – Zephaniah 3 – the writer is imploring Israel to rejoice, with the reminder that the Lord is in their midst. Yes, His Presence brings us joy, and in rejoicing – we potentially experience His Presence to a greater degree.
    Ran out to the bank this morning to deposit some cash for treasurer work. Pleasant to step outside of school, especially into the brilliant sunshine, and run an errand.
    My god son has a game this evening, about an hour away. Looking forward to it.
    Yes, Julie, will be praying for your meeting. May your lawyer work towards your goals and best interest.

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