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

Scripture did not really speak to me until one day I wrote back. On a Saturday afternoon, one of my professors invited a small group of us to practice a form of lectio divina —careful reading of scripture coupled with silent contemplation. He instructed us to take up pen and write back to scripture in whatever form inspired us: poetry, lists, story, letter, and so on. He called this practice scriptio divina, a term he had learned from the writings of Stephanie Paulsell.

When I began interacting with scripture though writing, a new relationship unfolded.

—Jane Herring, One Day I Wrote Back: Interacting with Scripture Through Creative Writing (Upper Room Books, 2015)

Today’s Question

When have you written reflections or other kinds of responses to scripture? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires.
—Hebrews 4:12 (NLT)

Prayer for the Week

Gracious God, your word says that you will always guide me. You are with me during every moment of every day. You will satisfy my needs when I feel frustrated, and you will strengthen me when life makes me weary. Help me to follow your ways as you lead me into a life of fruitfulness and joy. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.

—Adapted from “30 Powerful Prayers to God for Guidance and Direction,” at ConnectUsFund.org

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Something More

Learn from this week’s featured author, Jane Herring, and other spiritual guides at our virtual event, RESILIENCE | Practicing Compassion in a World of Conflict. On September 29-30, 2023, we will explore the transformative power of compassion in a world marked by division. Learn more and register today at UpperRoom.org/resilience.

Lectionary Readings

(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)

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  • Martin Armstrong Posted August 7, 2023 8:22 am

    I wrote and delivered weekly sermons for forty years, which in a way might be writing back to scripture. I may not have had myself in mind, but I often found myself listening closely.

    • Nancy Bryan Posted August 7, 2023 1:55 pm

      I have not made or had opportunities to share scripture except to comment on a sermon on Sundays, of course usually positive! These scriptures remind me that walking by faith with words that inspire actions must continually be a path that is guided by my Lord. That when I pray to my Lord, He is listening and knows when my expectations are veiled and my patience is running on low; that when I struggle for answers He is listening to me and guiding me with His presence. I am grateful for these days that are challenging and leading me on the right path, not always easy but the right path, not without struggle but with the abiding presence of my Lord.

  • robert moeller Posted August 7, 2023 12:57 pm

    In comparison only a few sermons over a much shorter time. I don’t consider them a response to scripture. Scripture provided the rock on which the sermons stood.
    Rainy today in the White Mountains. Have some tasks accomplished. Hope for a walk, it may have to be indoors. The rain “schedule” doesn’t match reality.
    Lots of surprises at the FIFA World Cup. Hope for better results at the Olympics.
    SPRC meeting with the DS on Thursday. Church picnic on Sunday at Conway Lake.
    Thank You, Lord for the blessings of the day, may all those in the path of heat, humidity, storms, rain, and lightning be safe.

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