Bas relief sculpted head of Christ in a rock wall with a vase of flowers next to it.

© Beth A. Richardson, betharichardson.com

Prayer

Ever-present God, thank you for your gift of standing-with-us. In happiness, in grief, in loving, or in pain, you are our constant companion. You are with us. We are not alone. Amen.

Carry These Words in Your Heart Today

God is with me wherever I am.

Today’s Picture

I turned the corner in a narrow lane in Italy and found this tribute to faith. In Italy, there were signs of faith at every turn. But I only have to open my eyes to see God’s presence wherever I am.

Question

Share the prayer of your heart today.

Book of the Day

Child of the Light
Beth A. Richardson

I guess this particular listing comes with the warning, “Shameless self-promotion follows here.” Child of the Light was my first Advent book for Upper Room Books. In this book, I focus on the music of Advent and Christmas. Each week of Advent takes its inspiration from a different Advent hymn. Daily meditations are written about the themes from that week’s hymn. Once Christmas Day is reached, there’s a hymn or carol, along with a meditation, for each day. The title of the book comes from the hymn “I Want to Walk as a Child of the Light” by Kathleen Thomerson. It’s one of my favorites.