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

The truth is that we are more than our thoughts. Thoughts can be helpful, but ultimately our thoughts change from day to day, or even from moment to moment. When we think about past regrets or worry about the future, we miss the present moment—the only moment in which we truly can be alive. Yet, we can train our minds in the same way that we train the muscles in our bodies. With training, we can notice our thoughts without allowing them to rob us of our present-moment awareness. With training, we can find amazing freedom to focus on what is truly important to us.

—Sarah E. Bollinger, Angela R. Olsen , The Awakened Life for High School Students: Finding Stillness in an Anxious World, Leader Guide (Upper Room Books, 2020)

Today’s Question

How might you show kindness and compassion to yourself when you recognize your own negative thought patterns? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

Finally, beloved, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.
—Philippians 4:8 (NRSV)

Prayer for the Week

When I am full of worry, awaken me.
When I feel isolated, awaken me.
When I am afraid, awaken me.
God, of love and compassion, awaken me. Amen.
Submit your prayer to The Upper Room.

Something More

This summer, join The Upper Room Chapel for our Summer in the Psalms series. Each week, Dr. Rev. Amy E. Steele will lead us in scripture reading, prayer, and reflection as we meditate on the Psalms together. Catch up on previous services and join us each Wednesday on Facebook or YouTube.

Lectionary Readings

(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)

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  • Jill Posted July 25, 2023 5:49 am

    My first spiritual director gave me the permission to acknowledge my thoughts, the reality of them, the humanness of them. She then gave me tools to move on from them, to submit them to God, to break away from having them control me. God has been so gracious in this area of my life…slowing down my brain, releasing non-productive thought patterns, recognizing dangerous habits. Recitation of Scripture has been a significant part of eclipsing these things.
    Yesterday was a full day. Summer school – assisting two students with some technology hurdles as they prepare their rough draft for submission later this week. Then golf with dad on a warm afternoon. He played very well and shot under his age. A big goal for him each year – and he finally did it this summer. He was pleased. He then asked me to go to dinner with him, Becky and Don. It was the opposite direction of my house, but I did it. He had asked me to come down to a cookout in their neighborhood Saturday evening and I didn’t do it. So, felt like I should not turn him down again. Especially with me and Becky leaving town on Saturday.

  • Julie Posted July 25, 2023 9:56 am

    When I have negative thoughts I examine them and learn from them. There is a reason that particular thought occurred at that time. I try to figure out why now, what does it have to do with the present moment, if anything. Can I learn from this thought and what from what I learn can I apply now or in the future. This helps me grow in understanding my past, present and future selves.

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