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

There are also limits to what we can offer ourselves—times when none of the tried and true approaches seem sufficient to our need. Sometimes we can only wait in hope on the provision of a holy energy that seems beyond our own to give us the lift for which we hunger.

—Susan Carol Scott, Still Praying After All These Years: Meditations for Later Life (Upper Room Books, 2019)

Today’s Question

How do you give yourself a lift? When have you sensed a need for the divine provision of strength beyond your known resources? How did that provision come? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

He gives power to the faint,
and strengthens the powerless.
Even youths will faint and be weary,
and the young will fall exhausted;
but those who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength,
they shall mount up with wings like eagles,
they shall run and not be weary,
they shall walk and not faint.
—Isaiah 40:29-31, NRSV

Prayer for the Week

Sustainer of all that is, give me faith that hopes in what I cannot see. Thank you for the small miracles that find me each day.
Submit your prayer to The Upper Room.

Something More

Breathe. Join The Upper Room’s newest online retreat, Finding Your Breath: An Introduction to Centering Prayer with Kara Lassen Oliver. Register today.

Lectionary Readings

(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)

Looking for lectionary-based resources? Learn more about The Upper Room Disciplines.


  • robert moeller Posted April 25, 2021 5:54 am

    Being patient helps me, Our time and God’s time are not always the same. God does handle serious situations in the best ways. I was able to review all the posts from April 20th to today. Thank you for wedding anniversary wishes. It is a blessing that I have letters as well as pictures from that day and our honeymoon on Jeju island. Sure hope the June brings the end of Julie’s ordeal. Good idea for counseling with Megan, Best wishes with the shopping new friend. Glad Jill made it to CA, enjoyed the beach , salt air, sunsets. At least you played 5 games, wish you had won more. NH to CA is a long trip. Hope school, relations with your sister and golf with Dad worked out, Healing and financial stability for Ally & David, Marcy, and anyone facing those challenges. Wishes fir successful get togethers for Lou, her children, Thankful April has had 45 years with her husband. A very successful yard spring cleaning here yesterday and a nice lunch with friends followed by surprise ice cream – pistachio- afterwards. Facetime with my daughter soon, breakfast, and ZOOM worship follow. Thank You, Lord.

  • Jill Posted April 25, 2021 3:24 pm

    How do I give myself a lift – I recognize when one is needed and allot time and space for it. Sitting in quietness, maybe just time in my recliner with Roger and mindless tv. If I need a deeper help – I will reach out to a friend. Or I will grab my little notebook with Bible verses, Psalms and hymns/choruses in it and read through it. A walk outside or just sitting on my front stoop listening to the sounds of nature.
    Very good to be in church today. Ready to fall back into this pattern. It is good to be in the House of the Lord, with other like-minded people, worshiping together.
    Dad and I bowed out of golf today, the temps dropped and the wind got stronger and we said – no thanks. We did play 9 yesterday and it was lightly raining through most of it. I didn’t get too chilled until the last two holes. He was glad we spent the time together, as was I.
    Noticing Julie’s absence – I hope she and Megan are having an enjoyable day together.

Add Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *