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 glimpse life’s wonder when I set aside distractions, seeking what’s beneath the brittle surface of my days. Cancer frees me to let others run the world while I consider patterns of faithfulness in small things: birds, herbs, ferns. They teach me to trust the big stuff to their Maker, and mine. Somebody said when you see a cardinal, angels are near.
Big Sis: God’s hand works in wonderful, mysterious ways. Angels indeed.
Cardinals, swooping low to gather seed. Are they flashes of nature in flight or the rush of angel wings? Maybe both.

—Jan Woodard, Texting Through Cancer: Ordinary Moments of Community, Love, and Healing (Upper Room Books, 2021)

Today’s Question

How can you more fully trust others and your Maker today? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

Every good gift, every perfect gift, comes from above. These gifts come down from the Father, the creator of the heavenly lights, in whose character there is no change at all.
—James 1:17, CEB

Prayer for the Week

For this week’s prayer, insert the name of someone facing cancer or other illness.

Loving Heavenly Father,
I place _______ into your loving care, and I pray that you will comfort his/her heart and bring peace and calm as he/she faces pain, worry, and fear. Amen.
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  • robert moeller Posted July 25, 2021 7:25 am

    Sunday morning, been up for two hours, looks like an overcast day, high 72, It’s easier to trust God, there are people I trust and those I do not. While visiting Jenny, Willa, Oona, and Chris, my sister will come for a visit as well. Worship via ZOOM possible today from my church in NH. I’m in NY.
    Good progress helping Chris yesterday remove a wall hung storage shelf. The space behind it will become a projection screen. Blessings to all on this Sunday. Thank You , Lord.

  • Jill Posted July 25, 2021 5:32 pm

    Fully trust others – hmmmm – this is an interesting question. I feel like I do give others the opportunity to have my trust, at times before this should be granted. Naivete? Not sure. Maybe I don’t grant them trust with significant matters. I guess as I think about it – I grant trust to others in my small group – to listen well, to respect what I share authentically, and to prayerfully support me. I think I am timid in throwing out requests…just any old concern. So, I suppose when I mention something, it is significant to me, and I trust others will know this.
    More fully trust my Maker – I desire to be fully trusting, fully invested. Of course I falter, mere humanity is the reason. I confess, submit and ask for fuller trust. An awareness of where it is not full, requesting the discernment to realize where I falter. Gratitude for His grace.
    Church was lovely this morning. I am so enjoying the first service, minimally attended, fully masked and more intimate. My friend whose daughter has been struggling so – was baptized today. She spoke, somewhat veiled, about her struggles. But I could read between the lines. May she find God’s grace sufficient for each day, each step towards wholeness and ability to deal with her mental struggles.
    Afternoon tennis with a new tennis friend – in the blistering heat. She invited me to her “country club”. Whoa – was it impressive. How the other half (percent??) live…I had heard of it, but never been to it. We tried to stay as hydrated as possible. Ran a few errands at some stores on the way home. Without a nap this afternoon – likely early to bed this evening. Have some prep work to do for class tomorrow.
    Dad seems to have the worst of this virus behind him. Today is day 2 without a fever. He is chomping at the bit to do something. He wanted to take a walk today – but I told him it would be too hot and humid. I think he will try to behave himself so we can keep our next golf date – Tuesday afternoon.

  • Ally Posted July 25, 2021 5:57 pm

    Hello UR family. David and I have had a tough couple of weeks. I ask for your prayers. Today’s UR daily devotional was very encouraging, regarding Elijah’s struggles. I needed that encouragement today. Know I pray for you daily. I have resolved that our challenges will not keep me from spending time with the Lord each day. Blessings to all.

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