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

My time of practicing the Examen each day was invaluable. I recorded what happened—what went well and where I needed growth. Without this time of reflection and writing, I may have given up because I experienced so many days when I felt as if I wasn’t making progress. But the Examen kept me focused on hope and gratitude. Without gratitude, the weeds of bitterness and resentment can choke the gardens of our hearts where we plant God’s seeds of love and joy.

—J. Dana Trent, One Breath at a Time: A Skeptic’s Guide to Christian Meditation (Upper Room Books, 2019)

Today’s Question

What spiritual practices enable you to cultivate God’s seeds of love and joy? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

He gives power to the faint,
and strengthens the powerless.
—Isaiah 40:29 (NRSV)

Prayer for the Week

Spirit of God, comfort and renew us with each breath we take. Amen.
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  • robert moeller Posted January 15, 2022 7:02 am

    Reading the Bible, posting here, Bible study, Sunday worship, Communion, and doing what I can to help others all enable me to cultivate God’s seeds of love and joy. Praying for Julie, Megan, and H, may God’s wisdom abide with you all and the best resolution come about. Prayers for all experiencing very low temperatures, wind, and heavy snow this weekend. Remembering MLK, the wisdom he spoke and the struggle for justice he pursued. Thank You, Lord.

  • Julie Posted January 15, 2022 8:30 am

    Praying for others helps me in this way.
    So much on my plate! Yesterday h decided what I was telling him about staying together made more sense than divorcing. So I alerted my lawyer and she prepared the single sheet of paper that will reverse everything that has been done for the divorce. So much money, time and pain that could have been saved or avoided. Sigh. Then shortly after this was dealt with some things transpired with Megan’s job that forced her to quit. By last night when I went to bed she had almost certainly aquired a new position with a different company. I also had to have blood work done and so we were out and about for part of the day. I am still very tired and just rundown. I still have some swelling and have little to no energy.
    Prayers for everyone and your particular concerns. Thank you for your prayers and may God bless all who visit here.

  • Jill Posted January 15, 2022 2:10 pm

    Bible study with my small group has fostered habits which lead to joy and love in a way I am not sure would happen otherwise. It forces me out of my introverted ways and also gives me a specific area/topic to study and prepare for. In addition, these times of sharing have shown me the importance of listening well and authenticity.
    Several of my solo practices in the morning are also essential to me being centered, from which I can better cultivate seeds of love and joy.
    Dad and I ran a few errands this morning, one of which proved to be unsuccessful. But it was a beautiful sunny morning without much traffic, so it was good that we had the time together.
    The tennis gathering was quite enjoyable last night. Alcohol was very moderate, which kept the maturity level where it needed to be, especially for one person in particular. There were just 7 of us, seated around a large table with food plentiful.
    My friend is coming over to watch some football and have dinner. Going to grill some sausages and pork chops up, have some hush puppies and broccoli – and enjoy the evening catching up. We haven’t seen each other since we returned from the beach.

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