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

Separation from God will always be a part of the human condition. We live in a broken world, and we are flawed, even though the spark of the Creator resides within us. Throughout my faith journey, I’ve worked to get past problematic portions of the Bible. Writing my way into scripture has become one of the ways I stay alive spiritually, in Christ, in conversation with God. It keeps me honest about my own life and my experience. Again, separation is a given, and our journeys in life are, even at their best, not perfect.

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

Today’s Question

What do you do to stay alive spiritually in Christ? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

But as for you, continue in what you have learned and firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it and how from childhood you have known sacred writings that are able to instruct you for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.
—2 Timothy 3:14-15 (NRSV)

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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  • robert moeller Posted August 11, 2023 6:31 am

    Go to church, have quiet time everyday, do Bible book study, help with worship and church related activities., stay connected to NEM.
    Not succeeding in reading earlier posts. I feel disconnected.

  • Julie Posted August 11, 2023 9:12 am

    Robert, is it a time thing? Because I know the comments remain each day.
    I do the same things Robert mentioned, reading the Bible and the UR Devotionals, Bible study, church, prayer, and involvement in church related activities.

  • Ally Posted August 11, 2023 11:30 am

    I read and meditate daily on the lectionary scriptures and what our church Bible study is working through. I read the UR devotion, which I nearly always find to be blessing in seeing what God is doing in the lives of others. I pray and chant the Psalms and read the NEM entry of day and try to respond to the questions. I read your comments because you all have deep insight. I read spiritual books and pray. Also volunteer in our ministries, serve as a church musician (said I never would again. I felt a strong Holy Spirit prompt to help this little country church.
    I ask many more questions than I used to. Things I read may trouble me more.

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