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

Sunrise and sunset mark opposite ends of each day, yet each equally inspires me. Daybreak and dusk. Young and old. By God’s design, each one mirrors its opposite in beauty. In the gentle light of dawn, I embrace God’s truth. Indeed, the sunset is just as magnificent as the sunrise. I do not have to fear the journey of aging. God will never leave me. Instead of being fearful, I can seek the beauty that comes at the end of each day just as I do at the beginning. I can find beauty in both beginnings and endings.

—Missy Buchanan, Beach Calling: A Devotional Journal for the Middle Years and Beyond (Upper Room Books, 2019)

Today’s Question

When have you found beauty in endings? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

From the rising of the sun to the place where it sets, the name of the Lord is to be praised.
—Psalm 113:3 (NIV)

Prayer for the Week

Like the waves of the ocean rolling onto the sand, may God’s glorious grace, rush into my heart and soul, again and again.
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  • Julie Posted June 9, 2023 9:18 am

    I enjoy sunsets. I do not think it was a joy but a relief when both my grandparents died. My grandfather was completely incapacitated, not even able to sit on hiis own. My grandmother continuously begged God to take her.
    Yesterday I also ended my commitment to the caregiver’s support group at Hope Grows. I was once again the only attendee. I didn’t bother staying and instead went to AAA and very soon the new titles for h’s cars will arrive and I can get rid of them. The people at Hope Grows were not happy as I am the only consistent participant. But it has been a waste of my time. Several of us at church are going to start our own caregiver’s group.

  • Ally Posted June 9, 2023 11:23 am

    I love sunrises and sunsets. The most beautiful sunsets I have witnessed were at Epworth By The Sea, the Methodist retreat and assembly center on St. Simon’s Island Georgia. St. Simons is where we spent our honeymoon. It is a beautiful place.
    Endings can indeed be beautiful, even goodbyes.

  • Jill Posted June 9, 2023 1:23 pm

    This is a challenging question. After some time has passed, yes – I can see beauty. But, in the midst of an ending, especially an undesired one, it’s hard. It can be quite emotional for me.
    I put my hope in the ultimate ending – which will usher in a new beginning – my time with my Lord.
    I met my photographer friend this morning, and her husband, to help her set up her canopy for an art show this weekend. It was about 45 minutes away – and we met at 8:00. It was good to set up in the cool of the morning. It was good catching up during the 3+ hours we took to set up things. They are doing very well – her husband having retired this past December. Tomorrow should be a beautiful day, and I am hoping the rain that is coming Sunday holds off until the show is over and they get packed up. I was originally going to help them tear down and pack up, but my god daughter’s birthday party was moved from this evening to Sunday evening.

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