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

AS WE WIND our way to the infant of Bethlehem, whose heart beats with the intensity of God’s compassion for us, may our hearts grow strong in love for all that God has made. As this happens, we will know in our own experience the fulfillment of a prayer written by a hermit of ancient Syria: “Grant me, Lord, at this time a mind filled with the love of you, and one that bears a knowledge of you, an intellect filled with insight into you, and a pure heart in which the light of the vision of you shines out.”

—John S. Mogabgab, The Wondrous Mystery: An Advent Reader (Upper Room Books, 2019)

Today's Question

What does it mean to open our eyes and look for the presence of God?  

Today's Scripture

“Open my eyes, so that I may behold wondrous things.”
—Psalm 119:18 (NRSV)

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