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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

Reprinted 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.

A Widow’s Prayer

Finding God's Grace in the Days Ahead

Nell E. Noonan • October 2015

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Life crises threaten our spiritual stability.

Losing a loved one—whether or not you expect their death—is always traumatic. The trauma of adjusting to the new identity of widow while facing a multitude of questions and urgent decisions can be overwhelming.

In this book of 60 meditations, Nell Noonan candidly shares her experiences in the 26 months after the death of her husband.

She describes her journey in grief as packed with blessings and brokenness. Despite the low points, she managed to find God in the midst of bereavement.

Noonan acknowledges that each person's grief journey is unique.

"My writing is not meant to tell you what or how or when to do anything," Noonan says. "The devotions are only meant to hold your hand and feel your pain so that hopefully you will be able to inch slowly, step-by-step, into being more whole, less broken—into a new, peace-filled life."

This book will help widows, whether they choose to read it alone or with a group. A good resource for grief support groups, and an appropriate gift to show your concern for any woman grieving the loss of her husband.


Nell Noonan is the author of A Widow’s Prayer: Finding God’s Grace in the Days Ahead, Not Alone: Encouragement for Caregivers, and The Struggles of Caregiving: 28 Days of Prayer. She served in church educational ministry for more than thirty years and also worked in public, school, and university libraries. Nell holds two master’s degrees—one in religious education and one in library science. She also holds a Doctor of Ministry in biblical studies.

ISBN: 978-0-8358-1506-2

Kindle ISBN: 978-0-8358-1535-2

EPub ISBN: 978-0-8358-1507-9

Imprint: Upper Room

Pub Date: 20151001

Trim Size: 5 in (w) x 7 in (h) x 0.335 in (d)

Page Count: 144

BISAC Categories: RELIGION / Christian Living / Death, Grief, Bereavement

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A Widow's Prayer: Finding God's Grace in the Days Ahead is a marvelous book for widows, their families, and caregivers. We journey with Nell Noonan’s through her twenty-six-month odyssey from initial deep grief to new beginnings. This devotional book helps widows find God's grace when the "rhythm of life is ruptured" and they are faced with "puddles of grief" and crucial questions of identity and purpose. Each of the 60 meditations provides biblical readings and meaningful prayers and will be a blessing to all who face this greatest of all losses.
—Dr. Richard L. Morgan, author of At the Edge of Life: Conversations When Death Is Near Drawing from scripture, a wide range of literature, and her own experience, Nell Noonan has created a wonderful collection of devotions that are sure to be a comfort to those in the midst of grief. Noonan's confidence in God's gracious love is evident throughout the book, even as she honestly and vividly describes of the many manifestations of grief. Readers will be assured that they are not alone in their struggle with loss. This book is bound to be a rich resource not only to widows, but to all those who know the painful journey of grief.
—Rev. Carol Gregg Pastor, The Congregation at Duke University Chapel Durham, North Carolina