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

Language is still vitally critical to culture and storytelling. Many cultures, faced with new terminology such as car, telephone, or computer, have created new compound words using traditional concepts rather than compromise their language. My grandfather could not afford a telephone until later in life. When he acquired one, he used the phrase “It cries a lot” to refer to it. This described not only the sound of the telephone but its intrusion, which was a cultural anathema.

—Ray Buckley, Dancing with Words: Storytelling as Legacy, Culture, and Faith (Discipleship Resources, 2004)

Today’s Question

What personal story comes to mind when you think of family members’ response to technology? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

Let the redeemed of the Lord tell their story—
those he redeemed from the hand of the foe,
those he gathered from the lands,
from east and west, from north and south.

Some wandered in desert wastelands,
finding no way to a city where they could settle.
They were hungry and thirsty,
and their lives ebbed away.
Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble,
and he delivered them from their distress.
—Psalm 107:2-5 (NIV)

Prayer for the Week

Holy God, help us as we sift through the memories of our lives. Guide us to ponder the power of storytelling and to use our stories to help others. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.
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  • Ally Posted September 10, 2023 12:32 pm

    I want to start by mentioning how much I enjoyed today’s UR Devotional and blog entry. All about being a good steward of God’s creation.
    Re family stories of technology: my mama never really figured things out when she got a new cable box and remote control back around 2008. My BIL had to re-program everything numerous times. Another story is somewhat tech-related. My great Aunt and Uncle loved on a farm. In a very rural area of Alabama. When they got electricity in the 50s, a relative bought them an electric stove. They used it for awhile and then unplugged it and went back to their wood cookstove, the electric stove sat in their kitchen until they passed in the mid-60s. Their reason for not using it? It didn’t make good coffee. I love that story. Hope all are having a pleasant Sunday.

  • Jill Posted September 10, 2023 5:26 pm

    Mom never got an email account and pretty much avoided the computer. She did use a cell phone, but never texted. Dad embraces all technology and wants to learn more. His cell phone frustrates him – he wants an IPhone, but won’t shell out the bucks for it. He took his first selfie this week and sent it to me. I had gotten him a few free golf shirts from my school and he had one on.
    The cancer support group meeting was good as usual. There was a new younger lady there – her dad was just diagnosed with colon cancer – and she was looking on how to best support her mom in the caregiving role. I spoke with her for a bit and gave her my contact information. Her parents joined her at the meeting.
    I spent a few hours with my hospice patient, watching the Browns win their opener – looking really good while doing it. We had talked about me getting some pizza or wings for him. But – he was surprisingly content with the meal that was served to him…usually he says he can’t eat the stuff. At halftime we walked outside so he could smoke. And after the game – he walked me out – so he could smoke again.
    A very busy week at school coming up – and a few evenings are full as well. Will pace myself.
    Surgery is 10 days away.

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