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

Even if we learn to abide and feel at home with the Divine, . . . we may abruptly come to a wilderness landscape that leaves us wondering if we took a wrong turn somewhere along the way. Often our first response is to redouble our efforts in the disciplines. But as we seek the Lord in prayer, we may still come up empty. We meditate on the Word, but our spirit faints for lack of nourishment, we may begin to wonder what’s true and what’s real about faith.

At this stage of the journey, wondering and wandering feel like uninvited strangers on the wilderness path. But rather than looking at them with a skeptical eye, it seems the Spirit invites both the wondering and wandering to join the journey. When we face them and invite them along instead of running from them or ignoring them, they can ultimately lead us to deeper mysteries of faith that may feel barren in the beginning.

—Marsha Crockett, “The Path in the Wilderness,” in Speak, My Soul: Listening to the Divine with Holy Purpose (Upper Room Books, 2024)

Today’s Question

In what ways can you embrace wondering and wandering in your spiritual journey?
Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

I will make the wilderness a pool of water
and the dry land springs of water.
—Isaiah 41:18 (NRSVUE)

Prayer for the Week

Dear God, stay with me. Help me still my mind so that I can hear you speak within my soul. Amen.
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Something More

In Speak, My Soul, spiritual guide Marsha Crockett points us to seven inner pathways to help us slow down, listen, and draw closer to God. Explore the sacred paths of discernment, discipline, abiding, wilderness, identity, community, and contemplation in this practical and inspiring new resource. Learn more here.

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  • robert moeller Posted May 3, 2024 6:05 am

    Knowing that wondering and wandering can also lead to spiritual growth is encouraging. Jesus did it for 40 days and nights. Life is not 100% mountain top experiences. Jesus said that in this life there would be problems, but abiding in Jesus they will be overcome. Thank You, Lord
    Joyous news from the UMC General Conference is saddened because not everyone agrees. The New England Conference mirrors this. Love conquers all, we are all equal before God, and God created us all. Diversity is God planned. Thank You, God for Jesus who makes all things new.

  • April Posted May 3, 2024 8:38 pm

    I don’t view life as a straight line, rather twists and turns as I wonder and wander along. Always having God abide with me as I journey to gently redirect me when I go astray. It is comforting to me to feel Him abiding with me, his child.
    Holding our NEM family in my prayers.

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