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

This mind-body-soul connection is crucial to wholeness. Your body signals you when you are hungry, tired, anxious, hurt, or sad. If you do not pay attention to these signals, your body becomes sluggish and cannot function properly. This disconnect can lead to spiraling thoughts that make it easier to forget that you are a precious child of God, designed with all the tools necessary to live abundantly. God’s breath is in you, and you are “fearfully and wonderfully made” (Ps. 139:14). You were created with the ability to know when you need to rest, nourish, heal, protect, and soothe your body.

—Sarah E. Bollinger, Angela R. Olsen , The Awakened Life for High School Students: Finding Stillness in an Anxious World, Leader Guide (Upper Room Books, 2020)

Today’s Question

Describe a time when you felt peaceful, connected, and whole in mind, body, and spirit. What contributed to your feeling this way? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
Wonderful are your works;
that I know very well.
—Psalm 139:14 (NRSV)

Prayer for the Week

When I am full of worry, awaken me.
When I feel isolated, awaken me.
When I am afraid, awaken me.
God, of love and compassion, awaken me. Amen.
Submit your prayer to The Upper Room.

Something More

This summer, join The Upper Room Chapel for our Summer in the Psalms series. Each week, Dr. Rev. Amy E. Steele will lead us in scripture reading, prayer, and reflection as we meditate on the Psalms together. Catch up on previous services and join us each Wednesday on Facebook or YouTube.

Lectionary Readings

(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)

Looking for lectionary-based resources? Learn more about The Upper Room Disciplines.

1 Comment

  • Ally Posted July 26, 2023 10:51 am

    I have to be intentional every day to see myself as fearfully and wonderfully made. Every day I have to remind myself to see myself as God sees me. This week’s prayer is a good one to remind me.

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