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

Sometimes it takes people a long time to find a way to earn a living that also allows them to feel good at the end of the day about how they have invested that day of their life. But God has given each of us gifts that we are meant to use with joy. . . .

How do you see God’s hand at work shaping you through the work (paid or not) you have done over the years? Where have you been able to use the gifts of caring, organizing, teaching, cooking, repairing things—or whatever you do with joy and energy—to make the world more like God wants it to be? Those tasks are always work that is worth doing!

—Mary Lou Redding, God Was with Me All Along: A Guide for Capturing Your Memories and Telling Your Story (Upper Room Books, 2020)

Today’s Question

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Today’s Scripture

Whatever you do, do it from the heart for the Lord and not for people.
—Colossians 3:23 (CEB)

Prayer for the Week

Loving God, be near me as I recall events from my life. Guide me to look at my past with forgiveness and love. Help me to accept where I am in my life journey and to recognize ways you have been present with me all along. Thank you for your unconditional love and for the strength you give me each day. Amen.
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  • robert moeller Posted May 23, 2024 5:23 am

    As a teacher of ESL, foreign language, and social studies, I helped people be able to communicate and understand the world around them in hopes they would be tolerant of everyone. Some of what I did in then military was intended to bring an end to the conflict in Mozambique. For far fewer years I taught Sunday School, worked with young people on mission projects, and helped with confirmation classes. God helped me through all of ths, but I think more so in teaching than the military. That was rendering unto Caesar (the government) what was Caesar’s.
    Off to have my physical eyes checked, hope the eyes of my heart are working as they should. Thank You, Lord , for Your love, grace, and mercy, Your Son and the Holy Spirit. I am sustained.

  • Julie Posted May 23, 2024 8:19 am

    Caring for h. I was literally doing it for the Lord, not for h. It taught me much and by doing it for the Lord, I was able to persevere.

    • Jill Posted May 24, 2024 6:41 am

      You honored the Lord beautifully in this sacrificial work.

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