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

Often, older people make fun of young idealists—or the dreams of their younger selves. They imply that relinquishing big visions is a good, mature thing to do. I believe that the most essential work we have to do in this world is to marry the hope and vision of youth with our failures. This work allows us to become who we are meant to be. It releases a wiser, stronger power in us that will sustain us for the long haul. We cannot tap this power if we do not face and share our failures.

—Dee Dee Risher, The Soulmaking Room (Upper Room Books, 2016)

Today’s Question

What do you learn from those who are younger or older than you about hope and vision in the face of failure? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

Beloved, I do not consider that I have made it my own; but this one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the heavenly call of God in Christ Jesus.
—Philippians 3:13-14 (NRSV)

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  • Jill Posted November 12, 2020 5:22 am

    I witness gritty perseverance in the steadfastness of others in the face of adversity. And, an utter reliance on God. I am so encouraged by the younger generation at my current church. Their faith is their bedrock. I wish my faith had been so strong at that age. However – God has patiently groomed me along and I am where He has me, and I am grateful for His care.
    Full of thanksgiving this morning that dad’s second test came back with a lower number. It is on the borderline of concern, but the doctor is choosing to not pursue any further action at this time. Provided dad does not have an issues – the test will be run again next year. So much relief. Dad had a shingles shot on Tuesday and is feeling really poor. But the news of yesterday is such an encouragement. Hopefully he will be see some improvement today.

  • robert moeller Posted November 12, 2020 5:54 am

    Not so much in touch with younger people these days, it’s the faith of older people I see. It has brought them through tough times and good. . Good news for Jill’s Dad. Thank You, Lord have had a shingles shot, glad Larry has had one. That’s a nasty, painful disease. While need for the correct lettering decal is holding up progress on one car side, other progress is being made. Sometimes that’s the way life is.
    Heard from veterans I served with in Korea in the early 70s yesterday. My Korean odyssey began then and continues to this day. Thank You, Lord.

  • Julie Posted November 12, 2020 8:44 am

    I see perseverance and the reliance on faith as ageless as I have witnessed both in all age groups.
    Prayers of thanks for Larry’s good news and Jill’s relief.
    Prayers for Robert and his veteran friends. Thank you Robert and thank you to your friends for your service. My uncle also served in both Korea and Vietnam.
    Prayers of thanksgiving for hearing from Ally. May she continue to regain her strength.
    Prayers for Marcy who must be feeling unwell. May she feel better soon.
    I had my first shingles shot and was very sore and also constipated for several days. Weird side effects are the norm for this shot I have learned.

  • Lou Posted November 12, 2020 9:05 am

    I see the faith in my children and their good works and it inspires me daily. Fortunately their formative years were grounded in a strong family unit that was faith based and I believe that they still hold true to the messages that were taught despite the rupture of their trust in their parents – they still trust in God. The youth group in our church had a strong influence in building their faith and they participated in yearly trips for the Appalachia Service Project which we still are involved with today. This early grounding inspired their faith and hope in God and despite life’s trials I know that they believe God carries them through-
    Prayers of thanksgiving for Jill and her father – thankful for God’s mercy.
    Prayers for Robert- thank you for your service. Praying for you and your family and the good memories of your life and the faith that sees you through the hard memories.
    Prayers for Julie as she continues to navigate challenges that are still ahead. Prayers of thanksgiving for your mother’s progress.
    Prayers and thanks to Marcy and her gift of sharing hymns.
    Prayers for Ally and David and their health.
    Prayers for Rick, April, Mary, Sara, Betsy, Rusty, Connie and others that we continue to pray for.
    Prayers for peace in our country and world, and for an end to the pandemic. Have Mercy on us Lord.

  • Ally Posted November 12, 2020 10:09 am

    ‘ve had my share of failures. When my daddy was living, he would say, “Sis, you have to treat it like you did when your were learning to ride a bicycle: if you fall off, pick yourself up and get back on”. I also learned a great deal from kitty Tony Tiger, who left us 2 years ago 10/29. Tony had a brain injury from a reaction to anesthesia when he was fixed. It left him a little impaired physically. He sometimes fell over and could not jump. He learned to do things his own way. He never gave up. He was the most determined creature I’ve ever seen. It was a privilege to care for Tony and and be his mom. He was an inspiration to all who knew him. Is it crazy I learned as much from my feline as I have the humans in my life?
    David is still dealing with this rash. Apparently, rashes are a COVID after effect. He put in a call to our Dr. today about getting a topical treatment. I’m still dealing with some cardiac symptoms post-heart cath and stent. According to what I’ve read, about 50% of those who receive stents experience lingering symptoms. I do feel like I have a little more energy. Yesterday was our first day of making some lifestyle changes. Please continue prayers for us, especially as we push through making these changes in diet and activity level.
    Jill, I’m praising God for Larry’s good news! Praying that he feels better soon from side effects of the shingles shot. Lifting up Marcy, praying she feels better soon. Robert, I’m glad to hear that you made contact with some of your veteran friends. My husband was in the Air Force during the early 70s. Thanks to all vets for their service. Julie, praying for your situations and peaceful resolutions. Thanks to all of you for your prayers and concern. May we all stay safe as we press toward the mark of the high calling. Blessings to all!

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