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

Many people today live in a state of fear. When we see the bad things that happen in our world, it is easy to become afraid. But the message of Advent is hope. . . . We can live securely, even in troubled times, as long as our hope rests in God. In his first coming, Christ brought the opportunity for us to experience peace with God. We look forward to his second coming, when all wars will cease and weapons will be destroyed.

—Anne Trudel, “Hang On!” Light of Lights: Advent Devotions from The Upper Room Daily Devotional Guide, compiled and edited by Robin Pippin (Upper Room Books, 2014)

Today’s Question

What scriptures remind you to put your hope in God? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

[God] shall judge between many peoples
and shall arbitrate between strong nations far away;
they shall beat their swords into plowshares
and their spears into pruning hooks;
nation shall not lift up sword against nation;
neither shall they learn war any more.
—Micah 4:3 (NRSVUE)

Prayer for the Week

O God, during this season give us eyes to see all around us signs of Christ’s love breaking into the world. Amen. —Prayer by Diane Luton Blum
Submit your prayer to The Upper Room.

Something More

Christmastime is not always merry and bright. Whether grieving a recent loss or feeling the sting of an old wound, many people have moments of darkness and sorrow during this season. Join us in praying for those who are hurting or share your own prayer request at The Upper Room Prayer Wall.

Lectionary Readings

(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)

Looking for lectionary-based resources? Learn more about The Upper Room Disciplines.


  • robert moeller Posted December 19, 2023 5:58 am

    The Beatitudes, Communion at the Last Supper, Jesus’s baptism, and “Lo I am with you always.”
    Thank You, Lord.
    Despite the rain that has taken away the snow, I still think we we have a white Christmas.
    May it be well with your soul, mind, and heart this Advent, Jesus is coming.

  • Rusty Posted December 19, 2023 6:43 am

    Revelation 21:3-4. “See, the home of God is among mortals. He will dwell with them and they will be his peoples, and God himself will be with them; he will wipe away every tear from their eyes. Death will be no more; mourning and crying and pain will be no more, for the first things have passed away.”

  • Jill Posted December 19, 2023 1:42 pm

    I have returned to Psalm 62, this morning adding the Psalm before and after it to my meditation and prayer as well. “My soul finds strength in God alone.” I went scurrying after this passage when my friend – going through her first holiday season as a divorcee – had a really rough go of it this weekend. I continue to pray it over her.
    I found out today that my surgery tomorrow will be at noon. Becky and Dad will pick me up at 9:30 – so I am there at 10. I wish I had an earlier time slot, but this is where I landed.
    Three exams today – and doing a lot of grading. My sub has two of my smaller classes over the next 2 days – to administer their exams.
    A bit more organizing and cleaning at home this evening.
    Thank you all for your prayers for me tomorrow.

    • Rusty Posted December 19, 2023 5:41 pm

      Prayers on the way!

Add Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *