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.

Finding Your Voice in the Psalms

An Invitation to Honest Prayer

Elizabeth J. Canham • April 2013

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Have you ever railed in anger about some situation in your life and wondered if something awful might happen because you dared express your rage to God?

Or after some trauma, have you experienced the horrible sense of God's absence? If you've had these or other feelings and wondered what to do with them, the Psalms provide a good way for you to pray about any situation.

Canham, an Episcopal priest who specializes in teaching and spiritual guidance, explores 7 themes found in the Psalms:

  • hearing God's word in stillness and silence
  • finding stability in God's faithfulness
  • dealing with disappointment, anger, and pain
  • resting in God's grace
  • celebrating creation
  • touching the holy in the ordinary
  • discovering joy and learning to praise

Discover the beauty and power of the Psalms. Learn how to write your own psalm about your present experience, desire, need, hope, or joy.

Canham says, "In this book I want to share my delight in the Psalms and offer models for praying with them. I write for all the heart-hungry people of God who must live and pray in the midst of very busy lives."

An excellent resource for anyone wanting to deepen their relationship with God! Consider using this book for individual or small-group study or sharing it with your prayer partner.

Categories: Prayer, Spiritual Practice
The Rev. Dr. Elizabeth J. Canham lives in Black Mountain, North Carolina, and offers her ministry in teaching and spiritual formation in an ecumenical context as priest, teacher, retreat and workshop leader, and spiritual guide. She is the author of Heart Whispers: Benedictine Wisdom for Today and A Table of Delight: Feasting with God in the Wilderness.

ISBN: 978-0-8358-1195-8

Kindle ISBN: 978-0-8358-1196-5

EPub ISBN: 978-0-8358-1197-2

Imprint: Upper Room

Pub Date: April 2013

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

Page Count: 96

BISAC Categories: RELIGION / Christian Living / Spiritual Growth

BISAC1: REL012120



Canham has written a welcoming invitation to take up the Psalms in the actual practice of prayer. She is alive to image and metaphor as a way to reach deeper into the faith journey. A special feature is her invitation to readers, with suggestive instruction, that immersion in the Psalms will permit us to write our own. Thus the tradition continues in the practice of those who engage seriously the mystery of the Companion who indwells these texts. –Walter Brueggemann Professor Emeritus, Columbia Theological Seminary