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Journey with Me This Year, Christmas 8

view of the sky through the trees

© Beth A. Richardson,


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.

Carry These Words in Your Heart Today

Loving God, journey with me this year.

Today's Picture

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?

Book of the Day

Openings: A Daybook of Saints, Psalms, and Prayer

Larry James Peacock

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.

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Seeing young people, both men and women, participate in and write their testimonies at The Upper Room daily devotional writers’ workshop in Yangon, 2019, has been a highlight for me. The event and testimonies led to the publication of the first Lenten devotional in the Myanmar language. I truly believe that through The Upper Room ministry, the Lord will continue to equip people in Myanmar to grow and to share the gospel of Jesus Christ.”

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