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

LET ME DESCRIBE what it means to be truly present. Being present involves letting go of our constant preoccupations, immersing ourselves in the here and now, and giving ourselves wholeheartedly to whatever is at hand…. It’s about becoming more aware, alert, awake to the fullness of the immediate moment. If we are with another person, it means engaging with him or her with all of our heart, our mind, our soul, and our strength. Such wholehearted attention requires patience, time, and disciplined effort. And it is one of the greatest gifts that we can give to those around us.

—Trevor Hudson, A Mile in My Shoes: Cultivating Compassion (Upper Room Books, 2005)

Today’s Question

Who needs you to be fully present for them? Share your thoughts.

Today’s Scripture

“The LORD sits enthroned over the flood; the LORD sits enthroned as king forever. May the LORD give strength to his people! May the LORD bless his people with peace!”
—Psalm 29:10-11 (NRSV)

Prayer for the Week

Give me the eyes to see when others hurt, the ears to hear when others cry, and the courage to bring light into their darkness.
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  • robert moeller Posted September 23, 2019 6:34 am

    I am familiar with this reflective reading from Trevor Hudson. I was the recipient of this before I knew what it was. I am hopeful that I can do this for my son and the issue that we both want resolved will be accomplished. Anneliese’s friend, Doris, starts chemo today and I am sure Anneliese will be fully present for her. I also think that, as best we can, we are fully present for each other here at the UR. We hold each other in our prayers, we read carefully each post trying hard to be in the other person’s shoes. I’m thankful
    for the UR providing this opportunity. It is immensely helpful.

    Thankful that my computer is working well this morning. Dryer vents will be cleaned today, progress organizing now that the storage shelves are in place,
    and more progress on the second half of the deck. Had a good Face Time with Jenny last night, saw my granddaughters in their self made hammocks having a grand time. It was a thriller, a come from behind win for our football team.

    Prayers for Jill, the school where she teaches, the cancer support group, and her Dad, Larry. Peace, healing, and problem resolution for Julie, a job for Megan. Prayers that Connie is well, Betsy moved and settled, Lou is adjusting, Andrea and Lowell are well, Mary is enjoying her activities, and all of Marcy’s needs are being met. Thank You, Lord.

    • lou Posted September 23, 2019 7:43 am

      Thank you for your prayers, Robert. Holding you and Erich and Anneliese in my prayers as well as all those at the UR- thankful for this place of sharing and praying. We need each other and we need God. Prayers for God to guide us all this day – prayers for peace, healing, healing, comfort and strength.

  • Julie Posted September 23, 2019 8:22 am

    May God show me who needs me to focus on them. I agree with Robert, this UR family is very present with one another.
    Prayers for Robert and Erich, may they each find the love needed to be present with another and heal their relationship. Megan and I went through a tumultous time when she was in her teens. I could not do the parenting responsibities because if I told her to do something or reprimanded her she would blow up and call her father. He was too happy to retrieve her and tell her I was in the wrong, and worse, malign my character. She was quite angry with me throughout that time and even physically abused me several times. Now I still have to watch what I say and how I say it. But as she has matured, our relationship has vastly improved.
    Prayers for Lou and her warm relationships with her children.
    Prayers for April, BJ, and Betsy.
    Prayers for healing for Andrea, Connie and Marcy.
    I pray that Mary had a chance to be fully present during her Monday.
    Prayers for Jill and her many sojourners along her difficult road. May they all be fully present with one another.
    Prayers, blessings, warm hugs and thank you for your ever nurturing presence UR faithful

    • Mary Ng Shwu Ling Posted September 23, 2019 8:57 am

      Julie, I pray that Megan will love you well and appreciate what you have done for her.

  • Mary Ng Shwu Ling Posted September 23, 2019 8:51 am

    Thanks all for your prayers!

    Today I am fully present for my nephew who is not well. I bought him some comfort food and he is happy. Spent time with him and watched a movie at home with him.

    Thank you God for being able to be fully present with my nephew today.


  • Jeanette Posted September 23, 2019 10:18 am

    I have my grandkids for a couple of weeks. I really needed this reminder about being fully present and stop worrying about my to do list, and enjoy our time together.

  • Jill Posted September 24, 2019 3:35 am

    My students need me to listen well to them. I want them to be confident that they are being heard and respected in my classroom. My dad, also, needs me to listen well. He is a talker and enjoys communication. Often, mom did not have the patience and tolerance to listen to things he wanted to talk about. She never wanted to hear about his golf game. I try to intently listen for two reasons – one, because mom never did and two, I think it is incredible he can remember shot for shot, with distances, most of his strokes played over 18 holes. A blessing for an 85 year old man. So, when I am tempted to go on auto pilot and zone out while he tells me about his golf game with his buddies, I try to remind myself to be grateful that he is able to enjoy golf and have amazing recall.
    Dad really enjoyed being at the game Sunday night. It was a warm, beautiful evening – and he just took it all in. I am grateful we were able to do that together.
    Julie – we northeast Ohio fans are a hard luck bunch – but we fiercely stand behind our teams. My nephew is a BIG Steelers fan. I once was too, back in the days of Bradshaw, Swan, Stallworth and Webster.

    • Julie Posted September 24, 2019 4:13 am

      I was a bigger fan when the Bus and Heinz Ward played.
      Robert, is your team New England?

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