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

We Advent people are crying out in this wilderness, trying to prepare the way in our own lives, trying to make a place, a holy space for the coming of the Christ child. We are called to prepare the way in the wilderness of pre-Christmas chaos, where rushed schedules and commercial chatter drown out silence and prayers.

And hope goes with us, is with us, in this wilderness of chaos. Hope becomes a critical part of our Advent survival kit, guiding us through the distractions, reminding us of our single task: to prepare the way.

—Beth A. Richardson, The Uncluttered Heart: Making Room for God During Advent and Christmas (Upper Room Books, 2009)

Today’s Question

What practices help you prepare the way for the Christ child? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

As it is written in the book of the words of the prophet Isaiah,
“The voice of one crying out in the wilderness:
‘Prepare the way of the Lord,
make his paths straight.’”
—Luke 3:4 (NRSV)

Prayer for the Week

Clear away the clutter, O God, that I might have more room for you.
Submit your prayer to The Upper Room.

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Lectionary Readings

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  • robert moeller Posted December 21, 2021 6:46 am

    From childhood it has been a custom to set up a nativity scene during Advent. At the moment only shepherds are watching their sheep. Wish I had figures showing Joesph leading a donkey carrying Mary..
    Will make my own journey Christmas Eve, everyone is fully vaccinated. Hope it is a blessed and safe Christmas for all of the NEM family. Prayers for your joys and concerns. Thank You, Lord.

  • Julie Posted December 21, 2021 8:36 am

    This year no Christmas anything due to impending divorce and ongoing job search. I am working from 5 am to after 8pm on getting a job.
    Megan is going to help me I hope with a computer glitch. Prayers for every one’s concerns and thank you for your prayers and may God bless all who visit here.

  • Ally Posted December 21, 2021 10:13 am

    Jesus stated “Blessed are those who don’t see and yet believe”. I’m more like Thomas. I need to see God working. I have days when the doubts flood in. Today is one of those days. I had a really bad headache Sunday that felt like a migraine. I was light- sensitive. Pain relievers made it go away, but I felt washed out and fatigued yesterday, then ran sight fever last night. In light of spiking cases, I am trying not to freak out. I scheduled a rapid test at Walgreens for tomorrow.
    David has no symptoms. Praying this continues. Prayers appreciated.
    Robert, prayers for a good journey and sweet time with family. Julie, prayers for your job search continue and that Megan can help with the computer glitch. Jill, prayers for your vacation and for little Roger’s recovery. I know he is in good hands. May your time in Florida be restful. Prayers for alk who come here. May all who come here receive a blessing.

  • Jill Posted December 21, 2021 3:13 pm

    Extra time in the morning is a blessing this week leading up to Christmas. Taking time to light candles in the evening and think about what evenings at home used to look and sound like. Also, no longer gift shopping, but just treasuring time spent together helps me not get caught up in the bustle of Christmas.
    I graded my lone set of exams I brought home with me – knocked those out this morning. Played some tennis this afternoon. Dropped off a maple iced cinnamon roll to dad and visited with him a bit. Looking forward to a quiet evening, reading a book.
    Prayers for safe travel for Robert. Prayers for a negative test tomorrow Ally.

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