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

The Yoruba tribe of Nigeria call their old people “wisdom people.” According to oral tradition, they believe that when a knowledgeable old person dies, a whole library’s worth of
information disappears.

Wisdom is the art of living in rhythm with your soul, your life, and God. Even today, our world would be well advised to listen to and accept the wisdom of older people.

—Richard L. Morgan, Light of Setting Suns: Reflecting on Realities and Mysteries at Ninety Years of Life (Upper Room Books, 2021)

Today’s Question

What wisdom have you gained from listening to older people? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without a trace of partiality or hypocrisy.

—James 3:17, NRSV

Prayer for the Week

Lord of all ages, I feel blessed that you have given me these
bonus years. Help me to live each day as if it were my last,
redeeming whatever time remains. Amen.
Submit your prayer to The Upper Room.

Something More

Find out how author Richard L. Morgan has stayed resilient into his 90s despite the many losses that accompany later life. Read more about him here.

Lectionary Readings

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  • robert moeller Posted March 17, 2021 6:35 am

    Going to church from my parents is the most important wisdom I have from “older people.” i sent a second message to the UR about moderation, Thankful for the stimulus deposit in my bank, Continued prayers for the New Every Morning family. Hope we are reunited soon. Thank You, Lord.

  • Julie Posted March 17, 2021 8:48 am

    I learned much about life and wisdom from my grandparents. Today is the anniversary of my grandmother’s birthday. She always said she was Irish as she was born on St Patrick’s Day. I also learned from other older adults I befriended as a child. One taught me how to crochet despite crippling arthritis. I learned from those I cared for in hospice care. I miss Robert’s wisdom and mentoring.
    Prayers for Ally and David. I pray all went well with David’s homecoming and he is stronger and steadier and more independent. I pray he and Ally are rejoicing. May Ally’s GIhealth improve and may Lewis kitty eat more with each new day. The names of the kitty food tubes I was refering to that Tazzie like so well are Simply Nourish Mousse and Squeeze Ups. We do not know for sure the manufacturer but he loved both Tikki Cat and NuLo. NuLo is 100% meat and can cause constipation in some cats but it is very good quality. He also loved the Tikki cat scallop and swordfish varieties. None are expensive and can be found at PetSmart and even some at Walmart.
    Prayers for Jill and her students, may they continue to grow more accustomed to in classroom teaching and learning. May today be an easier and less hectic day for Jill.
    Prayers for Marcy, may she be well and improving. May we hear from Robert soon and may he be safe and well.
    Prayers dear UR administrators.

  • Martin Armstrong Posted March 17, 2021 9:14 am

    It may be more what older people do, is what I have learned the most from. Since I am now an older person I want to go do things for others again when it’s safe to travel a be around people.

  • Ally Posted March 17, 2021 5:26 pm

    It has been a privilege to listen to the wisdom my older friends and family members have shared. My Maa-Maw was the wisest person I’ve ever known. He life was a testimony to the Lord. She treated every person as Christ would. I can’t say I have always followed her example, but I think of her each day and of everything she taught me.
    David is home and doing really well. He’s getting around well and also doing well with transfers. Home health came today and assessed him. They believe 4 weeks of therapy will improve his function even more. Kitty Lewis was a charming host. He loves everyone, bringing joy to all he meets. I am thankful to God for David’s progress and that he is home. Lewis’ vet has changed his antibiotic, as he has become a little more sniffly. He seems to feel ok, but is not eating well. I am trying not to be disheartened. Lew has been with me 14 years, almost. I have had him 4 years longer than i thought I would when I thought I would lose him and he rallied. The last 4 years have been a gift. The last year has been a gift, as my husband is a miracle. We covet your prayers.
    Robert, great to hear from you. Thank you for your prayers. Julie, thanks for your prayers and suggestions of the lickable treats. Wal-Mart has them and I ordered some via curbside pickup. Jill, praying Larry is enjoying his time in Florida and for your smooth transition to in person class with your students. Martin, I pray you will be helping others again as soon as possible. I pray we all take opportunities to help others. I pray Marcy is doing better and we hear from her soon. Lord, help us to be thankful for all Your gifts and help us to seek Your priorities and will, remembering You want good and not evil for us and to give us a hope and a future. Amen.

  • Jill Posted March 17, 2021 6:10 pm

    Yes, there is much wisdom to be gleaned from our elders. We must esteem them well and listen heartily. I feel blessed to have always been around my parents peers and to have such solid relationships with so many. Spiritual maturity can’t be measured in years and I count myself fortunate to know many spiritually “old” people.
    Robert – so very good to see your post. A huge breath of fresh air and sigh of relief. We have missed your wisdom shared here. I pray you are well.
    Ally – good to hear of David’s homecoming and how well he is doing. May it continue.
    Another beautiful day, walked out of school without my jacket on. Another walk after dinner. Loving this weather. Today was so much easier. It’s really dramatic, the difference. Little technology issues are being troubled shot – grateful for techie teachers who are willing to lend a hand.

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