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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.

Child of the Light

Walking through Advent and Christmas

Beth A. Richardson • August 2005

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If the Christmas season has become more of a chaotic consumer ritual rather than a nurturing spiritual time, you need this brilliant "Advent survival guide"!

If you set aside just 10 minutes per day, Child of the Light will help you find your quiet center amid the stressful flurry of the November/December busyness. As you read the book's brief readings inspired by the season's carols and hymns, your spirit will be lifted, and your thoughts will be redirected to the purpose of the season: preparing for the coming of Christ.

"Take time for God: that's exactly the challenge God gives us during this season of preparation," writes Richardson. "Personally and culturally, this time of year already seems to race out of control toward a Christmas finish line. In Advent, we are invited to take time out…[In] doing so, we nurture our spiritual self, that sometimes fragile part of us who longs for a connection with God."

The reflections extend past Christmas to Epiphany, January 6, encouraging you to live into the joy of Christmas beyond traditional seasonal celebrations.

A 5-week study guide is included at the back of the book, offering a simple structure for meetings: centering, reflecting, reading scripture, going deeper, and closing. The use of hymns and carols will engage even the most nonmusical among us to fully appreciate the lyrical richness of the season.

Do you long for a more sacred and measured observance this year? Be joyfully carried through the pre- and post-Christmas pandemonium as a child of the light!


Categories: Advent
Beth A. Richardson serves as the director of prayer and the Upper Room worship life and dean of The Upper Room Chapel. She has worked at The Upper Room in various roles, including editor of Alive Now and director of The Upper Room’s website. An Oklahoma native, she is an ordained deacon in the United Methodist Church and is a member of the Mountain Sky Conference. Beth holds a Master of Divinity from Vanderbilt Divinity School and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Oklahoma City University. Follow her writings at betharichardson.com.

ISBN: 978-0-8358-9816-4

Kindle ISBN: 978-0-8358-1249-8

EPub ISBN: 978-0-8358-1250-4

Imprint: Upper Room

Pub Date: August 2005

Trim Size: 5.5 in (w) x 8.5 in (h) x in (d)

Page Count: 112

BISAC Categories: RELIGION / Holidays / Christmas & Advent

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Child of the Light

What Readers Are Saying

"This invitational resource helps ordinary people find deeper meanings within everyday lives. Beth Richardson's reflections will speak to persons' puzzlements and ponderings, seasoned with the hope that is not only promised but that comes to us — wherever we are — as God's gift and grace."
— Peggy Way Allen and Cornelia Wehrli Professor of Pastoral Theology Eden Theological Seminary

"We people who wait in darkness yearn for light. In a time of great hostility. Advent is a rumor that reconciliation is possible. In a world filled with great violence, Advent is a pilgrimage toward God's promise of peace. Child of the Light is a guidebook for that journey. I cannot imagine a better companion with whom to walk than Beth Richardson. Beth walks — and writes — as a child of the light, and we fellow pilgrims are fortunate to be invited along."
— Michael E. Williams United Methodist pastor and General Editor, The Storyteller's Companion to the Bible series