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

No one has parsed Exodus more carefully than the Jews whose story it tells. Rabbinical literature is full of best guesses about the meaning of each detail.

The Jewish Publication Society’s Tanakh version of the Bible reminds me that the same thing can happen with language. Take the Hebrew word kavod for instance, which the NRSV translates in today’s reading as “glory.” That’s a good flavor—one most Christian Bibles use—though kavod can also mean reverence, honor, respect, or significance depending on who translates it. The Tanakh surprises by choosing the English word “Presence” instead. … In the morning, Moses and Aaron tell the people they shall see the “Presence of the Lord.”

—Barbara Brown Taylor, “Divine Provision,” in The Upper Room Disciplines 2023: A Book of Daily Devotions (Upper Room Books, 2022)

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Today’s Question

In what ways have you seen glimpses of God’s presence in your life? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

Moses and Aaron said to all the Israelites, “In the evening you shall know that it was the Lord who brought you out of the land of Egypt, and in the morning you shall see the glory of the Lord, because he has heard your complaining against the Lord. For what are we, that you complain against us?”
—Exodus 16:6-7 (NRSV)

Prayer for the Week

Loving God, we thank you for the ways you provide for us. Help us to become more aware of your presence in our daily lives and to share your love with others. Amen.
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1 Comment

  • robert moeller Posted September 19, 2023 7:15 am

    Twice I believe that God has helped me be aware of His/Her presence . It’s daytime, I’m laying on a bed, it’s very still, I’m awake and feel a presence I can not see. I become super focused, and don’t move. The presence remains. I have no idea how long. I’m in awe. Then as quietly as God came I’m aware the presence is gone. It takes me a while to move, get up. Unsure of what happened and God knowing that, a short time later the presence came again. Simply astonishing experiences that are “blessed assurances that Jesus is mine.” I compare them to Wesley’s heart warming experience. Thank You, Lord.
    2+ inches of rain in the last 24 hours. a flood watch and warning out. It won’t be bad, just a few local spots. Fall like weather this week Fall begins on the 22nd.
    Bible/ book study today at 9:30. SPRC tomorrow.
    Blessings to all, have a collection of reflection I want to send responses.


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