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

Real freedom to live in this world comes from hearing clearly the truth about who we are, which is that we are the beloved. … [Prayer] is the essential attitude that creates in us the freedom to love other people not because they are going to love us back but because we are so loved and out of the abundance of that love we want to give. …

Being the beloved allows us to go into this world and touch people, heal them, speak with them, and make them aware that they too are beloved, chosen, and blessed. When we discover our belovedness, we begin to see the belovedness of other people and call that forth.

—Henri J.M. Nouwen with John S. Mogabgab, Editor, A Spirituality of Living (The Henri Nouwen Legacy Trust, published in partnership with Upper Room Books, 2011)

Today’s Question

Why do you think it is important for disciples of Jesus to know they are beloved? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.
—Colossians 2:6-7 (NIV)

Prayer for the Week

Dear God, We look to your Son Jesus as our example of a balanced life—solitude, community, and ministry. Help us to know our belovedness in you and to spread the message of your love. Amen.
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Something More

What does it mean to be contemplative? This Lent, Roger Owens invites us to approach prayer and life differently. Join us for a free webinar on January 30, 2023, as we explore 7 Prayer Practices for Lent with Roger Owens and prepare ourselves for a contemplative approach to the Lenten season. Learn more.

Lectionary Readings

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1 Comment

  • robert moeller Posted January 15, 2023 1:40 pm

    Without being beloved, we can’t do the tasks God has for us to do. Full of God’s love we can go forth.
    Getting ready for our charge conference this coming Sunday. That’s also Lunar New Year.
    Hope to have some special, haven’t had it on a long time food, on that day.
    Making Sense of the Bible is our study book, so far so good,. Will discuss the Old Testament starting Tuesday.
    Football season winding down. Not †oo long and the Super Bowl will be here.
    It’s staying colder, hoping for more snow, so snowshoeing and skiing can be possible.
    Blessings to all as we remember Martin Luther King. Thank You, Lord.

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