© Beth A. Richardson, betharichardson.com
Loving God, help me be the face of joy to someone who might be struggling today. If I am facing struggles of my own, gently guide my thoughts toward gratitude, that I may rejoice always in you. Amen.
Replace my fear with gratitude.
Every time I see this sculpture in the worship center of a local retreat center, it speaks to me. The figure kneeling in prayer represents whatever emotion I am feeling at that time — fear, sadness, anger, gratitude. I can bring all of these emotions to God in prayer.
This is a photograph of a sculpture by Joyce Beisswenger, one of the founders of Penuel Ridge Retreat Center. She created the piece in the 1980s and has since passed away. This is a one-of-a-kind piece that lives at the Center.
What are your fears? What helps you cope with your fears?
I'm a big fan of Patricia Wilson. 1. She's a great writer in the area of practical spirituality; 2. She's from Vancouver, British Columbia. (I just think that's cool.); and 3. She's really funny. You'll have to check out her other books, including Why Pray When You Can Take Pills and Worry? Quiet Spaces is one of her "tamer" offerings — a daily meditation book for women.
Emmaus helped me laugh again, and it brought joy back to my life after the loss of my child. I am now stronger than ever in my walk with the Lord. And to this day, I continue to sponsor pilgrims to The Walk to Emmaus. In my local church, I have led our discipleship team and have had the opportunity to start new Sunday school classes and various women’s ministries. ¡De Colores!”