Today’s Scripture: Isaiah 42:1-7
In my role as a professor or leader in the church, it is my job to help others to see. My job is to teach others how to draw closer to God and their neighbor.
This text is a wake-up call reminding me … that we are light for others and also are in need of light ourselves, just as in a classroom one is simultaneously a teacher and a student. Titles and degrees do not exempt us from needing others and learning from them. We need others to be a light so that we can continue to grow and see things differently.
—F. Douglas Powe Jr., in The Upper Room Disciplines 2023: A Book of Daily Devotions (Upper Room Books, 2022)
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“I, the Lord, have called you to demonstrate my righteousness.
I will take you by the hand and guard you,
and I will give you to my people, Israel,
as a symbol of my covenant with them.”
—Isaiah 42:6 (NIV)
Prayer for the Week
All-seeing God, may our words and our actions help others to
see you. May we talk the talk and walk the walk as Christians.
Prayer by F. Douglas Powe Jr.
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This week’s New Every Morning reflections feature excerpts from the current readings in The Upper Room Disciplines 2023. Disciplines provides an opportunity to look more deeply at scripture by offering a week of devotions by a single author on a particular theme. Learn more at UpperRoomBooks.com/disciplines.
(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)
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