New every morning is your love, great God of light, and all day long you are working for good in the world. Stir up in us desire to serve you, to live peacefully with our neighbors and all your creation, and to devote each day to your Son, our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.

"A Liturgy for Morning Prayer," Upper Room Worshipbook

Used by permission from the Book of Common Worship, © 2018 Westminster John Knox Press. All rights reserved. This prayer appears in “A Liturgy for Morning Prayer” in Upper Room Worshipbook.

Jan Woodard

Jan Woodard wrote a weekly column, “Texting Thru Cancer,” for the Indiana Gazette from May 2016–May 2020. She also maintained a weekly blog, “All Shall Be Well,” at janwoodard.com. A lifelong learner, Woodard earned a BA in social science education and an MA in adult and community education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She was working toward a certificate in spiritual formation at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, earned her master’s degree at age 60, and worked for five years as the director of activities at St. Andrew’s Village, a large long-term care facility. Woodard was a staff writer for the Western Pennsylvania Conference of The United Methodist Church for 10 years. Jan enjoyed friends and family, walking, swimming, kayaking, and herb gardening. Sadly, she died during the production of this book.

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