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 have found it helpful to create a spiritual autobiography or a faith journey timeline to look back at the highs and lows of my spiritual journey and remember the ways that God has been with me. Like the contemporary gospel hymn says, God has been there, through it all. “Through it all, through it all, I’ve learned to trust in Jesus, I’ve learned to trust in God.” Hold on to the assurance that God is with us. Hold on to the signs from the past year that give hope and promise.

—Larry J. Peacock, The Living Nativity: Preparing for Christmas with Saint Francis (Upper Room Books, 2018)

Today’s Question

What spiritual practices help you notice where God has been at work throughout your life?  Share your thoughts.

Today’s Scripture

“Your faithfulness extends from one generation to the next!
You set the earth firmly in place, and it is still there.”
—Psalm 119:90 (CEB)

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  • Lou Posted December 29, 2019 8:07 am

    I don’t think I have any spiritual practices specifically that help me see how God has been with me. I can look back and think of how he has never left me even through my darkest hours – my faith and belief in His mercy and love for me are the things that sustain me. The stories of faith offered here also sustain me – and the people in my life that are a witness to his everlasting love and peace help me through.
    May the light of His love be with you all today. I’ve enjoyed good but very busy and draining time with my children- everyone leaves tomorrow and I will travel to the west coast on Tuesday to spend a week with a dear friend. Hoping for some much needed r and r and a chance to recharge my batteries – I’ve had a nice break away from my office – but not away from the work of the holidays!
    Peace to you all-

    • Mary Ng Shwu Ling Posted December 30, 2019 1:53 am

      May you be recharged and refreshed, Lou!

      Have a safe and good trip!


  • Andrea Posted December 29, 2019 11:34 am

    Psalm 34:18 – The Lord is near to the brokenhearted, and saves the crushed in spirit.

    I am grateful for an hour walking yesterday, with Lowell, on the indoor track at our local high school. Every moment, I work within the borders of back pain. I believe this invites a discipline in practicing trust and gratitude. I pray for all who live with pain.

    We will be hosting extended family on New Year’s Day and I ask for your prayers.

    Prayers for my dear UR friends and those for whom you pray, as well as all visitors to UR. Wishing all a blessed day.

    • Mary Ng Shwu Ling Posted December 30, 2019 1:51 am

      May God grant you good health, strength and wisdom as you host extended family on New Year’s Day, Andrea!


      • Andrea Posted December 30, 2019 9:33 am

        Thank you, Mary. God bless you and Molly with all good things. Happy New Year!

  • Rick Posted December 29, 2019 4:35 pm

    My spiritual practices, Time in prayer and meditation. Reading scripture and the UR. Working with others who struggle. It has been a journey they continues to evolve. I have always found much comfort and guidance here, through others sharing.
    Keeping you in my prayer Andrea for healing and strength each day and with your extended daily visiting. Lou, I pray you will you and your family have safe travels, may you time with you friend be Blessed and your soul find rest and restoration. Prayers for Jill, Julie, Robert, Mary Connie, BJ to all the upper room family and friends.
    Thank you, Mary for your Beautiful devotion this week.

    • Andrea Posted December 30, 2019 7:40 am

      Thank you, Rick. Wishing you and your husband a Happy New Year. God bless!

  • Mary Ng Shwu Ling Posted December 29, 2019 11:03 pm

    May God bless you abundantly, Rick!

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