© Beth A. Richardson, betharichardson.com
God of new beginnings, guide me through the seasons of the coming year. Whatever joy or hardship I face, let me face it standing with you. Whatever building up or tearing down that I encounter, let me take action under your care. For you are the creator of every season. Amen.
Loving God, journey with me this year.
Happy New Year, friends! I looked up through the aspen trees into a clear blue sky and it reminded me of the many possibilities I face at the beginning of each day, each year. May you look with eyes of hope into the coming year.
As you think of the coming year, what are the goals or changes you seek in your spiritual life?
I used this book for several years in my morning devotional time. Each day includes a saint, a psalm (along with some reflections on that psalm) and information about a prayer practice. As I moved through the book, Larry introduced me to some ordinary people (saints) whose lives became blessings to others. I learned more about ways to deepen my prayer — from breath prayers to lectio divina to discernment. Each morning, I sat in my chair in the corner of the living room, lit a candle, and followed Larry's gentle leading into my day. I'm pleased to share that his book has recently been republished.
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.”