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

Why do adults tend to lose their sense of childlike wonder over the years? When did I decide that bending over and searching the sand for a piece of frosted sea glass was too much trouble? Why am I not exploring the sand with my feet, as if investigating the surface of the moon? Today I intend to reclaim the wonder of childhood. I will get up from my beach chair and step out of my comfort zone, asking God to restore my sense of wonder. I will hold seashells in my hands and study the intricacy of each one. I will throw out misconceptions that tell me that maturing years are dreary and monotonous. Wonder is that divine spark that awakens my curiosity and deepens my awareness of God.

—Missy Buchanan, Beach Calling: A Devotional Journal for the Middle Years and Beyond (Upper Room Books, 2019)

Today’s Question

What childhood wonder do you wish was still prominent in your life? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

Look to the Lord and his strength; seek his face always. Remember the wonders he has done.
—Psalm 105:4-5 (NIV)

Prayer for the Week

Like the waves of the ocean rolling onto the sand, may God’s glorious grace, rush into my heart and soul, again and again.
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  • robert moeller Posted June 8, 2023 12:51 pm

    Perhaps I’m too far beyond childhood to remember a childhood wonder that I wish was still prominent in my life. On the other hand I may still have some of that. Defining childhood wonder might also be helpful. For sure, the excitement of Christmas morning comes to mind.
    Pleasant weather although there is some rain almost every day, temps in the 50s, no smoke.
    Prayers for people impacted by the smoke. Were we in PA we would be effected.
    Time for a nap , hockey tonight.
    Blessings to all.

  • Ally Posted June 8, 2023 1:07 pm

    I still have a child-like sense of wonder about the beauty of the ocean and the beach. But like you , Robert, I enjoy the rain and don’t like my house to be too bright. Middle Georgia is sitting under a high pressure dome. It is hot, humid, and hazy. Too bright. We are in drought too. I would love for us to have some rain.
    I had a marvelous sense of wonder about the Christmas season as a child. I still feel glimmers of that when I watch an old Christmas special and think of my Christmas memories with family, Carol singing, worship, and the memories of my Maa-Maw’ old-fashioned Christmas tree and decorations.

  • Jill Posted June 8, 2023 4:07 pm

    I was very much a home-body, and spent so much time with my parents. I had friends and lots of sporting activities – but I traveled with my parents, camped, fished, just did many, many things with them. It seemed normal to me. I can see, now, how that gave me a very sheltered life and I was incredibly naive when I went to college. But – it was just what I knew.
    Played tennis last evening – none of our four singles players were available, so I took the hit and played singles. I definitely am not a singles player, at the level I am currently at. I felt badly for my opponent, as she didn’t get much of a match. Three of our four doubles teams lost in a third set tiebreaker – so we are pretty much out of the playoff race, with half the season still to go. I was very spoiled last year when two of my teams made the playoffs. This allows Becky and I to firm up plans for going to Florida the end of July.
    Dad, Don and I golfed today, and Becky rode along with us. We finished up fairly quickly, so got in a bit of card playing too. I am having dinner with my former student this evening – we have committed to doing this once a month.

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