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

What I have come to see is that there is nothing more important to human beings than hope. Certainly in our own day, many people live without explicitly religious faith. And evidence of loveless lives is tragically abundant. But people usually do not survive long without hope. They cannot, because hope is the very heart of a human being.

—Michael Downey, in Hope: It’s More Than Wishful Thinking, compiled and introduced by Amy Lyles Wilson (Fresh Air Books, 2010)

Today’s Question

When has hope sustained you? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
—Romans 15:13 (NRSV)

Prayer for the Week

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.
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  • robert moeller Posted September 28, 2021 5:47 am

    Hope sustained me even when I didn’t know it, when I first experienced it, and for some years now. One of the gifts I have from God is a positive attitude. When I came closest to despair I turned to God and the hope I was given received what I needed to carry on both then and to this day. Thank You, Lord!
    As Marcy often wrote, Faith, Hope, and Love, but the greatest of these is Love.

  • Julie Posted September 28, 2021 8:23 am

    Hope is sustaining me now. I have to hope that life will somehow be better following all this pain and unknown. I have to hope that I will survive financially and perhaps even find a job. Ha Ha
    H is acting strangely…well more strange than normal. He hasn’t left for breakfast yet and yesterday he left very early and returned soon after then spent the day coming dowstairs and looking out the front door windows. Strange cuz then he just would go back upstairs. Something is up and I am worried because I have a salesman coming today to give a quote for a new furnance. H tends to treat such people very poorly.
    Prayers for improved health and finances for Ally and David. Prayers for continued increases in physical activity without pain for Jill. Prayers that Robert maintains his hope and positive attitude throughout his counseling and attempts to appease Erich, again. Prayers for the hard work of Marti and her staff. Thank you for your prayers and kind words and may God bless all who visit here.

  • Ally Posted September 28, 2021 1:43 pm

    Hello all, thank you for your honesty and insight in yesterday’s comments. There have many times in my life when hope has sustained me; especially the hope that I had in the face of David’s battle with covid when everything looked hopeless. That was early in the pandemic and I didn’t know that only 20% of patients who went on the vent ever came off. I’m glad I didn’t know. I look back on those dark days and know that God sustained me by never allowing me to lose hope. That same hope sustains as we face tough times now. My prayer every day is “Lord, I will hold on”.
    Household chores are on the agenda today. I have committed myself to spend 30 minutes each day to home keeping. David had his physical Thursday. He’s taking Wellbutrin to supplement Crowds. Dr. said it takes a few weeks to kick in. His PSA number were a bit elevated. Dr. said not alarmingly, but he will monitor. Please continue to pray for the wedding situation. We thank you for your prayers.
    Julie, prayers for your health as you work to getting ready for surgery. I’m glad you and Megan made some great memories at the craft fair. Prayers continue that your lawyer will hear you and for the divorce process. Jill, praying for little Roger and that you and your colleagues and students stay safe. Praying also for Larry to stay well. Thank you for the scriptures from Lamentations. I will ponder and study. Robert, sounds like you made some great memories on your trip. Prayers continue for your counseling journey and that Erich will receive healing on his soul. I pray we all maintain hope in God and the future. God’s plans for us are for good and not evil. He will give us a hope and a future. Blessings to all.

  • Ally Posted September 28, 2021 1:46 pm

    Autocorrect changed Celexa to Crowds. Missed that when I proof-read.

  • Jill Posted September 28, 2021 4:16 pm

    Hope sustained me throughout mom’s ordeal. It sustains me now, when I grow weary of looking after dad.
    My sister and I had a long conversation last night. She, admittedly, is not a deep thinker and very rarely do we have a deep, intense conversation. But – last night we did. We talked a lot about mom and I admitted something to her that I have admitted to very few people. I can just imagine her speaking about it to her husband. She said she was glad we had the conversation and wants to have more like it. We are very different people and I think we come at/to our spirituality very differently as well. I had a hard time falling asleep – thoughts and in and out of prayer, asking God for wisdom for future conversations. More of the same this morning, praying through the last several verses of Psalm 19 and asking Him to correct my thoughts where needed.
    A lovely Fall day – and I am going to go out for a walk this evening. Have had back to back good days at school – seem to be settling in now – the kids are getting comfortable with the routine and things seem to balance out. My school system used to have a courier service who stopped by each day to pick up any money/checks which needed deposited out of my treasurer’s office. Now – the company is having staffing issues, so I must run out to the bank. While the weather is pleasant – it is enjoyable to make this little errand. On the way to the bank I stopped by a bakery to pick up some goodies – and a former student was working there. So good to catch up with her about her sister, mom and cousins. A pleasant surprise.

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