© Beth A. Richardson, betharichardson.com
Thank you, God, for your gift of presence that sustains me today. If I am too weak or broken, lift me up and carry me as you did in the days of old. Amen.
God lifts me up and carries me.
God gifts us with presence — through friends, through our faith community — and through God's creations. This flycatcher had a nest on the porch of our family cabin. Watching it feed its young delighted me and reminded me of God's presence in the smallest of creation.
How is God present to you today?
Discipleship Resources published a series of three Africana Worship Books. Each book takes the scriptures of one of the lectionary years (A, B, or C) as the inspiration for prayers written by a group of talented writers. The litanies and prayers in each book speak with the truth of the African American experience in the world. And they call out the human experience as brothers and sisters who stand before our God in worship. I'm honored to have been able to use one of these prayers (by Sherrie Dobbs Johnson) in The Uncluttered Heart.
I could not have found The Upper Room Moments of Prayer (on Facebook Live) sooner. For it is during these moments of centering spiritual practices, meditating on the words of scripture, praying with and for the world, that I find moments of transcendence, hear whispers of peace and hope, see glimpses of truth and justice, behold visions of love and beauty amid all the stark realities that are around me.”