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

I find spaciousness within experiences that remind me that I am cared for and not alone, and when I can see that what I give my children is meaningful. Open space helps me to come home to myself. And then I can experience the reality of being held by God—God’s loving presence becomes an embodied knowing instead of just words. When I can hold onto that sense of God with me and me with God, I experience a spaciousness that feels like a fresh breeze dancing through the windows.

—Lauren Burdette, This Life That Is Ours: Motherhood as Spiritual Practice (Upper Room Books, 2019)

Today’s Question

How do you foster spaciousness in your days? [question from This Life That Is Ours] Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

The LORD is my shepherd.
I lack nothing.
He lets me rest in grassy meadows;
he leads me to restful waters;
he keeps me alive.
—Psalm 23:1-3 (CEB)

Prayer for the Week

Dear God, may I see my moments of strength and my moments of weakness as invitations to draw more closely to you. Amen. [prayer adapted from from This Life That Is Ours]
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Something More

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Lectionary Readings

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1 Comment

  • robert moeller Posted May 8, 2024 5:29 am

    “When I can hold onto that sense of God with me and me with God, I experience a spaciousness that feels like a fresh breeze dancing through the windows.” I have the memories of God’s presence with me, Reecent scipture passages from I John and John here and in church from New Every Morning remind me of God’s presence. I don’t know if I feel spaciousness.
    A wonderful walk in the woods along the banks of the Swift River yesterday, saw many tiny and beautiful flowers and plants. I know one plant better by its Korean name, kosari. Picked some to prepare as a side dish. My mother-in-law would be 106 today. She’s been with the Lord since 2005.
    Thank You , Lord for many wonderful memories.

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