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

Daily reading and reflection enrich our attending to God during Advent. If you have never written in a journal about your spiritual questions and insights, please consider giving yourself the gift of quiet minutes to do so during this Advent. The small amount of time it takes can be a gift to ourselves and to God as we record our insights and explore what God may be saying to us.

—Mary Lou Redding, While We Wait: Living the Questions of Advent (Upper Room Books, 2002)

Today’s Question

When have you given yourself the gift of quiet moments to reflect during Advent? How can you make space for reflection this Advent? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

For thus said the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel:
In returning and rest you shall be saved;
in quietness and in trust shall be your strength.
—Isaiah 30:15 (NRSVUE)

Prayer for the Week

Holy God, help us to hear you calling us home during Advent and guide us to set aside time for reflection on the wonder of your Son’s birth. Thank you for the gift of Jesus Christ. Help us to focus on him and to show his compassion and love to others during this season. Amen.
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Lectionary Readings

(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)

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  • Rusty Posted December 4, 2023 7:37 am

    Making space for quiet moments of reflection. Lord, thank you for this challenging question.
    Since retirement from my legal career about a year and a half ago, my wife and I have been blessed with full time weekday grandchild care. Presently, we have our 4 year old grandson with us between 11 am and 5 pm, and now we have our 4 month old infant grandson from 7 am until 5 pm every weekday, too. So far, with the baby, I think I can confidently count on his going to sleep for a spell after his morning bottle about 8. Advent reflection time!

  • Ally Posted December 4, 2023 11:31 am

    Yesterday’s NEM and UR entries brought me comfort and joy. I do try to take some quiet moments for Advent at night before bed. That is the quickest time in our house. I listen to some sacred Advent carols while reading and reflecting on waiting and hoping. I have been dealing with upper respiratory thing and now David is getting it. Our little kitty Patsy, also is sneezy and sniffly. Looks like she will get a vet visit. Pray for our household to be well. Blessings to all.

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