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

THE ATTENTIVENESS that allows us to be present to nature and to each other awakens in us a sense of wonder. Here small children have much to teach us. Children are blessed with a natural sense of wonder and often become absorbed for long periods in the presence of natural things. A spirituality of simplicity will affirm children in their attention to creation. But it will also recognize the child in each of us who wants to observe, play, and live fully in the marvelous world of God’s making.

—Elizabeth J. Canham, The Wondrous Mystery: An Advent Reader (Upper Room Books, 2019)

Today's Question

What are some ways that you can be more present and attuned to God?  

Today's Scripture

“Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.”
—Matthew 18:3 (NRSV)

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