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

Knowing God and knowing self is an every day, every hour, every minute invitation. It’s a constant give and take, receiving and releasing, embracing and letting go that occurs as we continually turn our lives toward God. It is recognizing what doesn’t make up our identity—the roles, titles, accomplishments, and measures of success—and what does.

. . . Our circumstances and emotions in life can change with the blink of an eye or over the slow passing of time. They play a vital role in the spiritual journey of human existence and how we recognize God in the midst of it all. But beyond our own emotional responses to a set of circumstances, we exist in a still truer identity within the heart of God where we are held secure and can claim our true self as being “wonderfully made” (Ps. 139:14), and “more than victorious” (Rom. 8:37). 

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

Today’s Question

How does it feel to set aside your roles, accomplishments, and circumstances and to get to the heart of your true identity? [question adapted from Speak, My Soul] Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

In [God] we live and move and have our being.
—Acts 17:28 (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

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  • robert moeller Posted May 4, 2024 5:56 am

    I m where I am because of the abilities God gave me, It is only in this world, this earthly life, that worldly titles have meaning. What we have done as children of God is what really counts. I’m thankful for Jesus who covers my shortcomings.

  • Jill Posted May 4, 2024 6:44 am

    My true identity is in Christ alone. What He has done for me, not what I do for Him, or others. How I desire to live that out well, guided by the Spirit.
    My nephew and his wife brought over BBQ last night, dad joined us and we had a nice evening together. Some errands to run today and then a very busy day tomorrow.
    It helps to not have any schoolwork to complete, as I can take care of that on Monday at school. I won’t have any classes due to testing.
    I have an appointment with my rheumatologist this Friday. Would appreciate prayers for wisdom as we try to figure out where to go from here. I imagine there will be bloodwork to start – and decisions made based on those results. I was grateful to get in to see her this coming week.

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