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

In medieval times, when it was too long and dangerous to travel to the Holy Land, pilgrims could visit one of the great cathedrals and walk the labyrinth as their prayer.

Today, many churches, hospitals, schools, and spiritual centers have labyrinths on their property. Their presence encourages people to make a meditative, prayerful walk to the center. Walking helps focus one’s mind and provides an openness to standing or sitting in the center of the labyrinth. Often people will walk with an intention or question on their heart on their way to the center. The center space provides a time and place to rest, pray, and think, while walking out is an opportunity to release, let go, or make a resolve.

—Larry J. Peacock, The Living Nativity: Preparing for Christmas with Saint Francis (Upper Room Books, 2018)

Today’s Question

When (if ever) have you walked a labyrinth? If possible, visit one in your community and experience a prayerful walk. Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

Surely God is my salvation;

I will trust and not be afraid.

The Lord, the Lord himself, is my strength and my defense;

he has become my salvation.
—Isaiah 12:2 (NIV)

Prayer for the Week

Surprising God, thank you for choosing to be with us as a child who needs our care and tenderness in an often harsh world. Thank you for your humble beginnings, showing us that we don’t need to look too high or too far to find your presence in the ordinary, the humble, the poor, or the beautiful. Thank you that your love reaches us again and again. Amen.
Prayer by Larry J. Peacock
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  • robert moeller Posted December 29, 2022 7:00 am

    I don’t believe I have ever walked a labyrinth, if so not with this concept in mind. There might be a cornfield labyrinth in town, of course the corn is all cut now, but maybe this next year.
    Had a busy day yesterday, went to a ski area, saw my family ski, had a campfire, took them to lunch,
    helped in any way I could, then went to family friends for supper, the kids went to the hot tub, we had a very good time. Today some gifts for my granddaughters and a look through the family photos.
    Hope everyone is doing as well as possible, prayers for continued healing, and well being for all.
    Almost a new year. Very warm unusual weather for this time of year, rain not snow, no snow on the ground. This is the third year of La Niña weather, warmer and wetter than usual. Thank You, Lord for the blessings of the day.

  • Julie Posted December 29, 2022 10:27 am

    I vaguely remember doing this but don’t remember where or when. I have always wanted to though.
    I received a notice that someone had commented on my comment on a UR board. Mary had responded to my comment to her Devotional of many months ago! She is well but unable to enjoy and comment on NEM because of poor eyesight. I rejoiced in the news that she is well. I love the Upper Room and this caring group. God bless you all and Mary.

  • Ally Posted December 29, 2022 11:08 am

    There is a convent not far from my hometown which holds retreats. Once can take part in a sponsored retreat with others or do a personal one. It is a peaceful place of rest. They have a labyrinth and walking it can help you focus l. It helped me focus on hearing God. They are not for everyone. When I worked in mental health, I made one with rocks on the courtyard of the hospital for my stress management group. They did not get as much out of it as I did.
    Day before yesterday, David complained of burning and not being able to pass urine. So back to ER. He had a nasty UTI and due to the GI issues he’s been having, Dr felt he needed a CT of his belly. He also had a hot gallbladder. Since a large corporate healthcare entity, bought our hospital, GI surgeries are no longer done here. Many services are outsourced and only to hospitals within the network this company uses. So David was sent by ambulance to Jacksonville FL yesterday. We are gobsmacked. I can’t believe not a single hospital in Georgia had a bed for him. He’s scheduled for an MRI today to determine the type of surgery he needs. I’m praying they can do the laparoscopic surgery. Much less invasive and shorter recovery. I’m not sure how long he will be there. I have to find a way to get him home. We covet your prayers. Life is a little challenging now.
    Good to hear news of Mary. I pray all our regulars are well. Robert, glad you enjoyed time with family.
    My faith is a little shaky now.

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