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 NATURAL WORLD surrounds you. … Perhaps you already take walks in a park or around your neighborhood. The next time you do this, look up; see the sky. Look at the trees or the flowers or even the weeds that struggle to grow through cracks in the sidewalk. Listen for the birds. Then draw your attention to the One who created all this. Ask God to make you aware of the presence of the Holy in all things. Realize that God is all around you. Ask yourself, Do I see Christ in the birds and hear the Spirit in the wind? As you ask the question, allow yourself to be drawn into the silence of prayer. Listen for the voice of Jesus.

– Daniel Wolpert
Creating a Life with God: The Call of Ancient Prayer Practices

From page 144 of Creating a Life with God: The Call of Ancient Prayer Practices by Daniel Wolpert. Copyright © 2003 by Daniel Wolpert. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.

Today’s Question

Spend time outside if you are able. Ask yourself where you see Christ. Share your thoughts.

Today’s Scripture

37:3 He said to me, “Mortal, can these bones live?” I answered, “O Lord GOD, you know.”

Ezekiel 37:3, NRSV

This Week: pray for the growth of new relationships. Submit your prayer to The Upper Room Living Prayer Center or share it in the comment section.

Did You Know?

In need of prayer? The Upper Room Living Prayer Center is a 7-day-a-week intercessory prayer ministry staffed by trained volunteers. Call 1-800-251-2468 or visit The Living Prayer Center website.

This week we remember: Isidore the Farmer (May 15).

Lectionary Readings

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  • robert moeller Posted May 16, 2018 6:00 am

    So glad the daily reflection is back early in the day. Thankful I found it yesterday evening. It’s a sunny day and I’ll be out for a walk soon. Leaves on trees, hills, mountains and the sky all beckon and remind me of God’s presence. Thank You, Lord.

    Prayers for Gloria, Marcy, Julie and all with health concerns. Prayers of support for Jill, Becky, Lou, Mary, Connie, Andrea, Betsy, April and the many visitors and readers here at the UR. May this be a God-filled, spirit-filled day for everyone.

  • Betsy Posted May 16, 2018 7:10 am

    Thankful for the ability enjoy to walk outdoors now in the warm weather. My heart is so sad, howeve, because I’ve lost my walking buddy. We had to put our beloved dog, Gus, down Monday. He had been suffering with an abdominal cancer mass and was in great pain. He was so much more than a furry friend to my husband and me. He was my constant comfort when we moved two years ago to a new city, and he helped ease the pain of an empty nest when our children left home. I know we have pet owners here who know how special our furry friends are.
    Prayers to all today.

  • Sara Posted May 16, 2018 7:24 am

    Betsy, yes, I know your loss of your precious dog Gus. Prayers of comfort to you. God Bless.

  • Julie Posted May 16, 2018 7:50 am

    Betsy, my heart grieves along with yours and I fell your pain. I thank God daily for my kitties and I, too, grieved deeply when I had to put my third kitty to sleep. I know how a pet is much more than a “pet.” My two babies give me a reason to get up every morning and see me through each day.
    Robert, I thought of you and your walks when I read ths reflection. I pray for your safety today and every day as you commune with God’s creation. I also missed the reflection yesterday morning and found it late in the evening. I missed this group of supporters the most.
    Sara, welcome to the group.
    Blessings and prayers for and thank you to all of the UR family
    Find things that shine and move toward them.
    Mia Farrow

  • Mary Ng Shwu Ling Posted May 17, 2018 7:19 pm

    Grateful for good health and work

    Blessings to all

    May all be well and at peace with God

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