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

GOD EXISTS within a holy community, the Trinity. God’s self is a thriving community, and God created us to flourish in our interconnectedness and mutual support of one another. We need one another to remind us that all things are possible with God and to help us trust the narrative that God’s reign is both at hand and still to come. In the midst of uncomfortable waiting, we need voices that also speak to our blessedness. Sharing our stories adds perspectives that can bolster our faith when life overwhelms, frightens, or takes us by surprise.

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

Today’s Question

What helps you trust God in the midst of uncomfortable waiting?  Share your thoughts.

Today’s Scripture

“I hope, LORD.
My whole being hopes,
and I wait for God’s promise.”
—Psalm 130:5 (CEB)

Prayer for the Week

Transforming God, as we wait, prepare our hearts to receive you.
Submit your prayer to The Upper Room.

Something More

As we enter the third week of Advent, let’s step back from the encroaching busyness of the holiday season to listen to God through the silence, thanking God for the gift of Emmanuel. Help others to experience the presence of Christ by giving to The Upper Room.

Lectionary Readings

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  • Gail Posted December 19, 2019 7:51 am

    Reading the Bible. And keeping to a devotional routine.

  • Mary Ng Shwu Ling Posted December 19, 2019 7:59 am

    Praying and reading the Bible.


  • Julie Posted December 19, 2019 8:22 am

    Reading the Bible, reading UR Devotionals and Reflections and reading the comments shared here.
    Prayers for Mary and her family, may they all be richly blessed.
    Prayers for and welcome to Gail.
    Prayers for April, BJ, Betsy and Rick.
    Prayers for Andrea and her daughter, may both be doing better.
    Prayers for Connie, may her health be improving.
    Prayers for Jill and Larry, may both be recovered from physical issues.
    Prayers for Lou and her children and their respective holiday plans.
    Prayers for Marcy, may she have all help reinstated soon.
    Prayers for Robert, may his health remain good and may have trains from Santa.
    I am still experiencing stomach upset from the new meds. Does anyone have any ideas for combating med induced nausea? I take simethicone in the morning, but can’t take more at night (per package directions).
    Prayers and thank you UR

    • Andrea Posted December 19, 2019 10:02 am

      Thank you Julie, you and Megan are in my thoughts and prayers. May God bless you and give you both peace and joy this Advent.

      • Mary Ng Shwu Ling Posted December 20, 2019 12:27 am

        Thank you Julie for being our prayer warrior!

        May God always bless you and Megan abundantly!


  • Anonymous Posted December 19, 2019 10:00 am

    Prayer, Lectio Divina, walking, music, playing bells.

    “My whole being hopes and I wait for God’s promise.”

    I am thankful for the quiet of Advent and beautiful Christmas music, a snowy December, my grandchild’s mirth, lunch with my husband’s niece, the oak tree with copper leaves outside my window, the sun shining.

    Prayers and blessings, all.

    • Andrea Posted December 19, 2019 10:01 am

      The comment above is mine.

  • KATHY Posted December 19, 2019 10:05 am


  • Jill Posted December 20, 2019 3:59 am

    Recalling His faithfulness…throughout Scripture, in the lives of those around me, in my life. Great is Thy Faithfulness, O Lord my Father. I praise You for Your faithfulness.
    It is good to have moments of quiet recollection. I have been intentional about opening myself, my heart – to the movement of this Advent season, asking Him to be my Comforter.
    I used the author’s book last Advent season – and I don’t recall anything specific from that time. I am aware, this week – with the readings, the comfort her words bring, now with a different perspective.
    I am grateful for the love shared here, the encouragement and support. May each one be blessed in the giving and receiving.

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