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

Further revelation of God usually results in God being stripped of our human-imposed limitations. It also leads to God’s creation finding new life and availing itself to the renewed call to be in partnership with God, transforming the world and bringing freedom to others.

—Stephane Brooks, The Upper Room Disciplines 2021: A Book of Daily Devotions (Upper Room Books, 2020)

Note: This week’s New Every Morning reflections feature excerpts from the current readings in The Upper Room Disciplines 2021. The 2022 edition of Disciplines is now available in regular and enlarged print. Learn more at UpperRoomBooks.com/disciplines.

Today’s Question

Do you sometimes inadvertently place limits on how deep and how wide is God’s love and power to transform your heart and call? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

I know that you can do all things;
no purpose of yours can be thwarted.
—Job 42:2 (NIV)

Prayer for the Week

Lord, day after day, grant me the desire to remain in your way and to lean on you for all things. Amen.
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Lectionary Readings

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  • robert moeller Posted October 23, 2021 6:48 am

    Lunch with church friends today, Zoom worship and important church meetings Sunday. Hope you all have a blessed weekend. Thank You, Lord.

  • Julie Posted October 23, 2021 8:25 am

    I guess everyone knows I have done this because I have stated that I cannot believe that God truly loves me. I know He is a loving god but no one loves me, the problem must be me not others, such as Him.
    I have decided to call the National Abuse Hotline on Monday. I have realized that not only does h abuse me but so does Megan. She bullies, belittles and threatens me. I need someone to reach out to and this is supposed to be a valid form of that.
    Prayers for David’s upcoming urologist appointment, for Jill as she continues to be watcful of Larry, for Robert and his church and counseling sessions, for Marti and her staff. Thank you for your prayers and may God bless all who visit here.

    • robert moeller Posted October 24, 2021 5:57 am

      I support your decision to call the National Abuse Hotline on Monday. You need to feel, be safe. I do believe God loves you. God is love. Reach out to God and You will be comforted. Your situation is in my prayers.

  • Ally Posted October 23, 2021 10:46 am

    I have a tendency to put God in a “box”. I sort of forget that God goes beyond my limited view. This is often when God surprises me and I see God’s work in a new way. His great love shines through .
    Jill, thank you for your encouraging words. So glad you had a good week. Prayers for your safety and for the fruit your efforts at school are bearing. Robert, praying you have a nice time with your friends at lunch. Prayers continue for your church and laity fled worship.
    Julie, I think calling the hotline is a great idea. Praying they can help you find solutions. We here at NEM love you. I know we are scattered across the country, but will help how we can. Please text if you need to talk. We are here for each other. Lifting you up as you face surgery and of course, still praying as you navigate the divorce process.
    God, give us grace during these challenging times. Blessings to all.

  • Jill Posted October 23, 2021 5:12 pm

    I am not sure if I place limits on Him, His love. I know that my logical brain has a difficult time grasping many spiritual ideas and concepts. But, I don’t feel like it is an issue in this area.
    I was grateful to have time today to visit and take a walk with my friend from Montana. She is in town looking after her dad and spending time with her brothers. Her brother who lost his wife to suicide a year and a half ago is having such a hard time…he really hasn’t moved one iota towards healing in these past 18 months. It breaks her dad’s heart, and her’s as well. I think coming home is hard for her, because she is face first in the pain. We talked about our moms – her mom was my mom’s best friend and passed two and half months before mom.
    Julie – I pray you get some assistance and guidance on Monday. I echo Ally’s sentiments – we here love you. I would venture to say Megan loves you as well, despite her sometimes challenging behavior.
    Weather does not look good as far as the blimp ride tomorrow. Will wait to hear from my student in the morning.

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