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

Here’s what I discovered about my need to fix and rescue: I had basically short-circuited the ability to learn from failures. In community we fail together, we learn from it, and we move on together. But I couldn’t let the failures happen, so I took on burdens that didn’t belong to me. Deep down, I could not allow myself to fully trust the capacity of my leaders—even though they were super-capacity kind of people. But they showed me over and over again that not only could they be trusted—they also should be celebrated for their great leadership.

—Junius B. Dotson, Soul Reset: Breakdown, Breakthrough, and the Journey to Wholeness (Upper Room Books, 2019)

Today’s Question

When have you practiced trusting others? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

Those who know your name put their trust in you,
for you, O LORD, have not forsaken those who seek you.
—Psalm 9:10 (NRSV)

Prayer for the Week

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  • Julie Posted January 6, 2022 8:35 am

    I am trusting person. Megan had to work a double shift yesterday and now has to go back in for her normaal shift. That is against the law and I am so worried for her. But at least her days of doing this job are limited as she is going back to her old job of driving and laundry which is much less time demanding.
    Prayers for Ally and David and Jeremy, for improved health and finances. Prayers for Jill to remain Covid free despite the many cases in schools and for Roger’s health. Prayers for Robert’s church as they continue to be laity led.
    Thank you for your prayers and may God bless all who visit here.

  • robert moeller Posted January 6, 2022 8:52 am

    I trust too easily, have been “burnt” by it, but it must be in my nature. I am more cautious, don’t trust everything, every time. but reading people has not been an attribute.
    Worship planning went well last night, am working on the message and have to prepare the communion liturgy, but everything else is in place. Never expected to be doing this, but there is a need. I surely don’t want worship to stop.
    A nice day in the Mount Washington Valley, snow on the ground, sadly not enough, but at least it’s white. Sun and clouds, high 36.
    Bible study will focus on Proverbs, have my book ordered.
    Today we remember the magi and their visit. Sunday we remember Jesus’ baptism.
    God is with you, thankful for that. stay safe, plenty of things that can be done to do that. Just have to use them. Thank You, Lord for watching over us.

  • Jill Posted January 6, 2022 4:27 pm

    A component to authenticity is trusting the other to listen well, to demonstrate respect and hopefully to be equally authentic in return. In sharing a portion of myself, I am being vulnerable in trusting the other with the information.
    I have tried to make a point of thanking the other person who has shared something deeply personal, thus demonstrating vulnerability. Acknowledging it can be life giving to the vulnerable. And this bridge can span a deep chasm.
    School went well today, but very tired now, as I was up early to get my sister to the airport. Roger and I shall retire early this evening. Trying to get warm…so cold out. Wrapped in my heated blanket, my feet in a feet warmer and sitting by my heater. Can’t seem to get my feet to warm up.
    Grateful to be at Friday. Equally good to know that the following two weeks are four day weeks, as this one was. It remains to be seen if we will go remote. Other districts around ours are making the shift. Our new superintendent is fairly adamant about not going on line.

  • Ally Posted January 6, 2022 7:43 pm

    Trust is not really something I am good at. There are a few people I trust: David, my sister , BIL , and some other family members, some trusted friends. I have a hard time trusting God.

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