Two swans on the water. One is poking its bill in the water for food. A few pink flowers in the foreground on the edge of the lake.

© Beth A. Richardson,


God of presence, help me recognize when my thoughts, distractions, and fears keep me from being fully present to you and to those around me. I surrender to you all my tasks, my thoughts, and my distractions. For you are my peace, and the peace of the world. Amen.

Carry These Words in Your Heart Today

God, I surrender to you all my cluttered thoughts.

Today’s Picture

I took the picture at Lake Junaluska, North Carolina, a beautiful conference center near Asheville. The Upper Room offers a variety of opportunities to help people grow closer to God, such as the Academy for Spiritual Formation, The Walk to Emmaus, Face to Face, and Journey to the Table. For more information, visit


What are the thoughts and distractions that clutter your heart and keep you from connecting with God? Visit the comments area and share your thoughts.

Book of the Day

Quiet Spaces
Patricia F. Wilson

I’m a big fan of Patricia Wilson. 1. She’s a great writer in the area of practical spirituality; 2. She’s from Victoria, 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? With Quiet Spaces, you can learn to calm your mind and listen for God’s still, small voice. You might also enjoy, a website for women inspired by Patricia’s book