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

Elizabeth’s experience [of becoming a mother in old age and of welcoming Mary as the mother of the Messiah] reminds us that God does come to humans like us. Through prophets and priests and friends and relatives, God claims us and tells us that we are loved and worth loving. . . . We all forget those truths, and so we are given the privilege of reminding one another over and over. The grieving person needs someone to say, “You are not alone. I care, and God cries with you and is holding you close.” The child struggling in school needs someone to say, “You are a wonderful person. You are a gift from God, and I am so glad you’re here.” The teenager wracked with self-doubt needs someone to say, “You have wonderful gifts to share with the world, and I am proud of you.” . . . In as many ways as there are people, we need to say to one another from the heart, “Blessed are you. God comes into the world through you.”

—Mary Lou Redding, While We Wait: Living the Questions of Advent (Upper Room Books, 2002)

Today’s Question

When have you reminded someone that they are important to you and to God? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. In a loud voice she exclaimed: “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the child you will bear! But why am I so favored, that the mother of my Lord should come to me?”
—Luke 1:41-43 (NIV)

Prayer for the Week

Holy God, help us to hear you calling us home during Advent and guide us to set aside time for reflection on the wonder of your Son’s birth. Thank you for the gift of Jesus Christ. Help us to focus on him and to show his compassion and love to others during this season. Amen.
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Something More

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Lectionary Readings

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  • robert moeller Posted December 8, 2023 6:31 am

    One part of today’s question is harder to do when the person is a nonbeliever. I do many things that I hope will show that I love. I need to say it more often.
    15 this morning, thankful our heating system is working well. Prayers for all who are cold.
    Thank You, Lord for the blessings of this day.

  • Jill Posted December 8, 2023 7:28 am

    For myself as well, I am more intentional about telling someone how much they mean to me. It isn’t as often as it should be, but it is more than in the past. If I am with a Christian who is languishing – I believe I would remind them of their value to Our Father.
    This week has been a blur – so busy. Too busy for my liking. But I just keep reminding myself that it will all come to screeching halt in less than two weeks – so I press on.
    Yesterday I met with the care pastor at the church which hosted the GriefShare I attended this Fall. He asked me to be a facilitator in the next one. He also would like to have discussions about starting a cancer support group at the church. I am utterly blown away by how God has provided these opportunities in the past year – pointing me on this path to walking along others in their struggles. I prayed for so long about this, without seeing anything materialize. Now, the flood gates have opened. I found myself quietly treasuring this in my heart…akin to Mary in Luke 2 – following the visit from the shepherds. I sat there again quietly this morning – just being still and grateful before Him.

  • Rusty Posted December 8, 2023 8:20 am

    I agree. In my experience, people who don’t believe, including all the people in my family (perhaps save one) DO NOT want to hear it. Telling them I love them is received much better. I pray that showing my love (which comes from God anyway, because all good comes from God) is at least a step in the right direction.

  • Ally Posted December 8, 2023 8:31 am

    I try to remind my students in group that their lives are sacred and that they matter to God and that they matter to me. I have received blessings from those who have helped me in these ways.
    Through some of those “awful experiences” from yesterday‘s question, I have found strength I didn’t know I had. Ultimately, that strength comes from God. Most importantly, God has enabled me to help others who have gone through similar things
    I’m still dealing with a respiratory infection. I went back to Dr. Wednesday, who said my symptoms point to bronchitis. She put me on a stronger antibiotic and advised me to continue increasing my fluid intake. Prayers for healing are appreciated.

  • Julie Posted December 8, 2023 9:45 am

    I tell people how much they mean to me. But like others mentioned, those who do not believe do not wish to hear about God’s love. I wish they were open to receiving such love but it can’t be forced.

  • April Posted December 8, 2023 3:58 pm

    Every Sunday our pastor ends with this Blessing:
    Remember these 4 things:
    1. You are loved by and you matter to God
    2. No crisis lasts forever
    3. There is always hope
    4. Others can and will help, just ask

    • Rusty Posted December 8, 2023 9:45 pm

      Nice. Thank you, April.

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