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.

Spiritual lessons for the journey of aging from an inviting classroom—the beach

Aging doesn’t take much effort—all you have to do is breathe. Aging faithfully is different. It requires intentional effort to stay focused on God as you make your way through a world of chaos and change.

Many women dread aging and resist thinking about it. Yet God designed the human body to change over time, and growing older is part of God’s plan. How we handle the changes that accompany aging reveals much about our spiritual maturity.

Beach Calling takes a fresh approach to aging. Missy Buchanan uses comforting imagery from the beach and ocean to engage readers in spiritual reflection. In this devotional journal for women, she guides readers to explore and embrace God’s plan for growing older.

Each devotion focuses on a familiar aspect of beach life and offers a parallel lesson on aging. Each reading contains prompts that invite readers to capture their thoughts in the journaling space provided. Beach Calling helps women accept and prepare for life transitions, including how to navigate the challenges of loss and decline. This inspiring resource encourages readers to discover the hope and joy that faithful aging can bring.


“Whether you are at the beach or just wish you were, Missy Buchanan’s devotional journal for those of us in the middle years is a refreshing gift! Writing in an engaging style, she helped my blood pressure go down as I read her words. Intertwining scripture, reflections, and questions with an emphasis on appreciating rather than dreading our middle years and beyond, this journal will inspire and bless.”

Adam Hamilton, Best-selling and award-winning author, Senior Pastor, United Methodist Church of the Resurrection, Leawood, Kansas

About the Author

Missy Buchanan is the best-selling author of multiple resources for older adults, including Living with Purpose in a Worn-Out Body and the devotional calendar Spirit Boosters for the Journey of Aging. Buchanan travels frequently to speak about issues of aging at churches, conferences, and senior living communities.

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