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

To avoid getting lost, I always look for clues that other walkers have left behind them. These signs tell me that I am on the right path. In the same way, other Christian believers have marked out particular practices as cues that help me find my way to God. They point me toward well-traveled pathways where I can cultivate a deeper love, knowledge, and service of God and neighbor.

—Thomas R. Hawkins, Every Step a Prayer: Walking as Spiritual Practice (Upper Room Books, 2016)

Today’s Question

When has another Christian pointed you toward signs to help you follow a good path? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

And let us consider how to provoke one another to love and good deeds, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day approaching.
—Hebrews 10:24-25 (NRSV)

Prayer for the Week

God of creation, we know that love takes time. May we be prayerful on each step of the journey. Amen.
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  • Julie Posted September 11, 2023 9:33 am

    You know you’ve been reading these reflections for a long time when you remember a passage from a book and the related question. I wonder what I wrote before. I did not grow up in a Christian house, but my grandfather was a devout Catholic. I saw him return from mass every Sunday, He never missed. His religion was very important to him.

  • Jill Posted September 11, 2023 5:41 pm

    My tennis friend, who 6 years ago invited me to her church and into her small group. Within 6 months time, I had received my diagnosis of my chronic condition and both of my parents were diagnosed with cancer. She was my rock. We would ride to tennis matches together. On the way home, I would invariably end up in tears, and she would pray for me before I got out of her car. She encouraged me to enter counseling and provided meals for my family while we were caregiving for mom. Truly a God-send.
    Work this week is very hectic. The program I teach in is finishing up its 5 year review – and today through Wednesday we have multiple zoom meetings with the evaluators, both during school and after school. I know my program’s coordinator will be glad when the clock strikes 4:30 Wednesday.
    A comfortable Fall day – I got out for a walk after dinner. Have school work to do, but am too tired. It will wait.
    My mind is scattered, I am having trouble focusing at school. I know it’s about my upcoming surgery. While I grilled dinner this evening, I stood outside praying to God – regarding my angst about an unwanted outcome of the surgery. I know, physically, that I will get through this. And while I am trying to prepare myself for the worst case scenario, I don’t think I will be able to do that mentally. I am asking God to help me not make the outcome an idol of my heart in these days to come. I feel like it is, and I confess that, again and again. I know He is with me and will be with me. I just feel like I am mentally tired. I treasure those of you here who will lift me up in these coming days. I am trying to be very cautious and aware of my words with my students.

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