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 practice of “yes and no” is the practice of acknowledging our authentic desires as they arise out of compassion for ourselves and others. . . . [When we] are honest with ourselves, we find that we do, in fact, know what we want. And then we can begin to move into the world from the new space of caring, compassionate relationship—movement that creates social transformation.

“Mindfulness of speech” is another way to describe this practice of “yes and no.” To be spiritually mindful of our speech is to speak from a place of compassionate relationship. So often when people say, “I’ll call you,” it’s simply a mindless habit. We say what we were taught was “nice” or what we hope might happen, or we want to not hurt the person. However, when we bring our awareness to what we say, we utter only those things that are true, those things we authentically wish to say. This practice creates a relational space that is truly loving and real and allows for the flourishing of the beloved community.

—Daniel Wolpert, “On Oaths and Caring: The Practice of Compassionate Relationship,” in Looking Inward, Living Outward: The Spiritual Practice of Social Transformation (Upper Room Books, 2024)

Today’s Question

What habits or fears keep you from speaking authentically? How might becoming more mindful of your words deepen your relationships? Join the conversation.

Today’s Scripture

Let your yes mean yes, and your no mean no.
—Matthew 5:36 (CEB)

Prayer for the Week

Help me to order my life around you, O God, and guide me to social action that manifests the beloved community—your kingdom on earth. Amen.
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Something More

In his revelatory new book, Looking Inward, Living Outward, popular spiritual leader Daniel Wolpert calls us back to a life of prayer and core specific spiritual practices that re-orient our gaze outward in acts of social transformation. Learn more and order your copy here.

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  • robert moeller Posted May 30, 2024 5:23 am

    Communication , sometimes with the best intent, doesn’t always work. I see it in church, in my family, and in society. It is even more difficult with someone who has mental health issues. Finding good mental health care in rural America is difficult as well. I welcome any ways, methods to communicate better. Prayers for better communication for everyone. Thank You, Lord.

  • Jill Posted May 30, 2024 2:00 pm

    Yes, this strikes a nerve with me. I take what people say very literally, and this leads to unfulfilled expectations. I try to measure my words. I feel like I am a person of few words, except with my closest friends and family. I am learning to really be mindful of what I say to my sister – and make sure she perceives what I am intending. So tricky. I don’t want to withdraw and be where I was 6-7 years ago with her.
    Finishing up at school – ready to be done. Just a morning meeting.
    Tennis this evening, riding up with a teammate. Should be tough competition.
    Finishing packing. Dad is getting excited.

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