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

While composing devotionals about the Psalms for our Double Love congregation, we recognized that the spiritual and social concerns of our congregation were shared by many outside of our immediate community as well. People across the globe, especially those across the African diaspora, found themselves navigating dual pandemics, the global pandemic of COVID-19 and the domestic pandemic of Black bodies being killed in the streets by those sworn to protect them. People of faith around the world were in desperate need of spiritual resources to keep them going. We realized that the work we were doing at our church might be for an audience larger than just our congregation. People were struggling, and the Psalms were the perfect place to begin looking for help.

—Gabby Cudjoe-Wilkes and Andrew Wilkes, Psalms for Black Lives: Reflections for the Work of Liberation (Upper Room Books, 2022)

Today’s Question

What resources have helped you navigate the dual pandemics of COVID-19 and racism?
Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

The Lord is the stronghold of my life;
of whom shall I be afraid?
Though an army encamp against me,
my heart shall not fear;
though war rise up against me,
yet I will be confident.
—Psalm 27:1, 3 (NRSVUE)

Prayer for the Week

Gracious God of Liberation, free us from our enemies. And when we are the enemies, transform us from oppressing others into removing the yoke from their necks and practicing freedom. In Christ’s name, Amen. —Prayer from Psalms for Black Lives by Gabby Cudjoe-Wilkes and Andrew Wilkes
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Something More

This week’s featured book, Psalms for Black Lives, is now available in audiobook. Listen, pray, and develop a justice imagination. Learn more here.

Lectionary Readings

(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)

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  • Ally Posted February 5, 2024 5:58 am

    Growing up in the south, I have seen racism play out in real time. Many white folks (self included have not always understood the impact of racism and led ourselves to believe it was no longer a problem. Not only is it still present, it still holds people of color back. I have had to examine my heart to remove vestiges of racism and repent for thoughts and attitudes regarding stereotypes.
    Covid.turned my and Favid’s lives upside down. UR and NEM provided needed resources to help me connect with God during the pandemic and the lov and support I got here when David was on a ventilator and afterwards through our friendships have been a tremendous blessing to David and me. We are so grateful and thankful for friends here.

  • Rusty Posted February 5, 2024 11:13 am

    Ally, thank you. Your open and candid thoughts are helpful and appreciated. Bless you and may God continue to shine a light on your and all of our paths. COVID has been awful and it still remains the number three cause of death in the United States. So many people think it’s over. It is not.
    I grew up in northern New Mexico where non-Hispanic white people (of which I am one) are in many areas not the numerically dominant ethnic group. (Statewide, they are.) When I was growing up I believe people for the most part had a lot of pride in our state being multicultural with the three major groups being “Anglo” (I.e. now called white, Non-Hispanic), Hispanic and Native American. There was certainly prejudice and instances of awful behavior by the Anglos toward other people (and even horrendous mistreatment going back into several hundred years of history). Nevertheless, I think I was spared some of the awful racism that much of the rest of the country has endured.
    Beginning in 2017 with the Unite the Right protest in Charlottesville our country witnessed how racist views remain a scourge in our nation and how emboldened people harboring those views have become. For me, coping with what our question calls the “dual pandemics of COVID 19 and racism” means drawing on resources like (of course) reading the Bible, reading history (including books by Jon Meacham) and speaking up and calling out insensitivity and misbehavior when I encounter it.

    The psalms are a part of that. Psalm 23 and Psalm 21 – as well as the Lord’s Prayer are memorized prayers I pray daily – sometimes repeatedly each day – to carry me through.

  • Rusty Posted February 5, 2024 11:17 am

    I meant Psalm 121.

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