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 be with Jesus is to be with people who are poor; to know Jesus is to know people who are poor. If our reason for serving is to care for the “least of these,” then we are called to recognize Jesus in those we serve and to spend the time to build a relationship with them. Jesus is present among people who lack food, drink, and clothing and those who are strangers, sick, and imprisoned. Whenever I find myself thinking that I am an expert on poverty or that people who are poor need my knowledge, I remember that Jesus has more wisdom than I do. Imagine how our relationships with people who are food insecure would change if we assumed they have skills, knowledge, and a particular approach to the world.

—Elizabeth Mae Magill, Five Loaves, Two Fish, Twelve Volunteers: Growing a Relational Food Ministry (Upper Room Books, 2020)

Today’s Question

How might you grow by remembering that others have wisdom to offer? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

Listen to advice and accept instruction,
that you may gain wisdom for the future.

—Proverbs 19:20 (NRSV)

Prayer for the Week

Creator God,
Help me see Jesus in those around me. Help me see that Jesus is present among all people, including those who lack food, drink, and clothing and those who are strangers, sick, and imprisoned.
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  • robert moeller Posted May 28, 2021 6:49 am

    We are asked to consider ourselves lower than others just as Jesus didn’t lord over His divinity on us. A person’s lack of worldly possessions does not mean they are without wisdom. God gives everyone the ability to have faith, to love and from these come wisdom.
    Thankful Pearl is recovering very fast, eating playing, sleeping, not 100% herself yet but very close.
    The insulated curtain is done and will be picked up today. The car needed an extra day, hopefully today is the day it’s done. I highly recommend “Listen – Praying in a Noisy World” by Rueben P. Job.
    Cooler weather needed covers last night. You are all in my prayers. Thank You, Lord.

  • Julie Posted May 28, 2021 8:32 am

    I try to keep this in mind, though in our day to day bustle it is difficult sometimes. I very aware of this tendency because it also extends to me in that people assume I am an idiot because of my hands. I do not understand the correlation, but apparently if you have a physically debilitating illness people assume you are also suffering one mentally as well.
    My pain from the fall into the tub is in some ways getting better and in others not. I have a specific spot that causes me unbearable pain when I bend over. Getting dressed in the morning, especially shoes and socks, is agony.
    Prayers for Robert, Erich and Pearl, for renewed health and a restored car. Prayers for Ally’s job and health and David’s health. Prayers for Jill and Larry, for health and resources, both emotional and physical, for Jill to meet Larry’s needs as he ages. Prayers for Marcy’s health and finances. Thank you Lord for your blessings including the NEM group.

  • Lou Posted May 28, 2021 8:57 am

    I have always said that I gain and learn from my patients as much as I hope that they learn from me- I feel like I am a person who is open to learning from others and I truly value those experiences.
    Thank you all for your prayers – I had a wonderful trip that was smooth and easy despite some of my traveling anxieties in this “new” world. Everything went well and I praise God for the time I spent with my daughter. Many learning and growing experiences there as that was the first time for her and her partner to host me in their first home. I thank God for the resources to travel and to treat them as we spent the week together. It was so good to see and hug my child. Thank you for the many prayers. Now my youngest child will travel home for a week with her roommate. So happy to be seeing my children – nothing makes a mother happier than to be with her children and to see them happy. I’m so blessed that God gave me these wonderful young people who continue to teach me – I am thankful for their I individual relationships with the Lord and I pray that God will continue to guide them on their way.
    Prayers for healing for Pearl, Julie, Marcy, David and all who are In need of God’s healing – we need thee Lord.

  • Jill Posted May 28, 2021 1:14 pm

    When I read this, regarding poor – my mind went to the Beattitudes and the sermon on the Mount. And when Christ talked of the poor in spirit. To think very little of oneself and one’s needs. Also, to not put oneself before another. When two or more people enter into relationship and are intentional about being mindful of being “poor in spirit” – incredible things can happen.
    Gray and coolness here today, tomorrow as well. I am meeting a friend for dinner – and we are going to eat in a favorite restaurant – it has been quite some time.
    Schoolwork is fairly under control. Will be doing virtual exam reviews this weekend ahead of our exams on Tuesday and Wednesday. Dad and I hope to golf Sunday – hopefully it won’t be too soggy. On Monday I will see my sister’s new house as dad and I are going there for lunch.
    Lou – the joy of your trip and time with your child comes through very well. So glad you had the opportunity. Julie – may your body heal well.

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