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

IT’S EASY TO STAY on a superficial level with someone new when we only have passing contact with him or her. Yet it’s also possible to have regular contact with someone for years but not truly meet each other. It may take a change of heart on our part before we can look into each other’s eyes and truly engage in a meaningful way. When we risk letting ourselves be known to each other on a deeper level, it changes us and a new relationship begins. It’s as if we see the face of God in each other.

—Susan Carol Scott
Still Praying After All These Years: Meditations for Later Life

From page 75 of Still Praying After All These Years: Meditations for Later Life by Susan Carol Scott. Copyright © 2019 by Susan Carol Scott. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. Learn more about or purchase this book.

Today’s Question

With whom might you make a new beginning by changing your attitude toward that person and your relationship with him or her? How might you begin that change?  Share your thoughts.

Today’s Scripture

Jacob said, “No, please; if I find favor with you, then accept my present from my hand; for truly to see your face is like seeing the face of God—since you have received me with such favor.”—Genesis 33:10, NRSV

Prayer for the Week

Sustainer of all that is, give me faith that hopes in what I can and cannot see. Thank you for giving me life and for the small miracles that find me each day. Submit your prayer to The Upper Room Living Prayer Center or share it in the comment section.

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  • robert moeller Posted July 27, 2019 6:20 am

    That’s a great question. Erich and Jenny, my two children, come immediately to mind. I think the process is ongoing through interaction with both of them. Erich is here and now, Jenny is on the road with her work. I send her emails, do Face Time when she’s home. They don’t see eye to eye and I’m in the middle.

    Have a blessed weekend, you are all in God’s hands. Thank You, Lord.

  • Jill Posted July 27, 2019 6:43 am

    My sister is the person. And the prompt is right on – it is about ME changing MY attitude about her. I need to stop wanting her to be different and I need to be different. Prayer upon prayer upon prayer is how to do this. I have also broached this topic with my counselor.
    Pleasant summer days continue here. A wonderful art festival is in my town this weekend – we always hit it as a family – my parents, my sister and her husband and myself. We would have lunch afterwards. Today, I will go alone to it – and it will be very good. It is located in the neighborhood of my school. It has been surprisingly good to continue to go to these shows – doesn’t really stir up any sadness with thoughts of mom. Glad we were able to share these times together.

  • Julie Posted July 27, 2019 7:41 am

    Ah yes, I was taught in my studies to be a social worker and had already learned in my life, that we cannot expect others to conform to our standards. If we want a relationship or a situation to change, we must be the instigator of the change. We can only work on ourselves. The other thing I have learned is to accept people as they are and meet them where they are. My mother is the person that comes to mind for me. I have a rather superficial relationship with her, but this is what suits us both. We have little in common and my mother is judgemental and I must be protect myself and my daughter.
    Prayers for Jill and her enjoyment of the art festival without sadness.
    Prayers for Robert and his children and their discord.
    Prayers for physical and emotional healing for Andrea, Lowell, Connie, Lou and Marcy.
    Prayers for Betsy’s move.
    Prayers for Mary and her giving spirit, may I learn from her example.
    Prayers, blessings, warm hugs, and thank you one and all

  • Connie Posted July 27, 2019 8:35 am

    I find it difficult to share at a “deeper level”, but here I try. I can share on a deeper level about my faith, but not personal things.
    Thankful for:
    Lovely weather.

  • Andrea Posted July 27, 2019 11:32 am

    I keep a lot to myself, but in my case, I think it’s a good thing, as I once would tell anyone my life story. But, I think engaging on a deep level with another person is not determined by what one shares, but by how one listens and is present to another person without judging.

    We are babysitting again today. I am concerned about my grandson – perhaps it is only baseless fretting. I ask for you prayers for my daughter and son-in-law in their parenting.

    Prayers for all dear UR friends and visitors. Thank you for your prayers. Julie and Robert, your words and prayers are so appreciated. Wishing all a blessed day.

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