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.


It's More Than Wishful Thinking

Amy Lyles Wilson, compiler and editor • March 2010

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A collection of writings that reminds us how hope plays a role in our lives today, not just tomorrow, and that hope is more than false optimism to those who believe.

Categories: Series, Young Adults
Amy Lyles Wilson, M.A., M.T.S., is a story coach and spiritual director in Nashville, Tennessee. With degrees in English, journalism, and theology, and more than 30 years of experience in the world of words, Amy works to explore and enhance the relationship between spirituality and creativity. She has coauthored or contributed to 8 books, and her work has appeared in a variety of publications, as well as on National Public Radio. Amy has served as adjunct professor and writer-in-residence at the Earlham School of Religion. In addition, she holds a certificate in spiritual direction from the Haden Institute, and is a trained SoulCollage® facilitator and an Amherst Writers and Artists affiliate. Her tagline is, “It’s the sharing of our stories that saves us.” www.amylyleswilson.com

ISBN: 978-1-935205-08-1

Imprint: Fresh Air

Pub Date: March 2010

Trim Size: 5.5 in (w) x 6.25 in (h) x in (d)

Page Count: 96

BISAC Categories: RELIGION / Christian Living / Inspirational

BISAC1: REL012040



“What I have come to see is that there is nothing more important to human beings than hope. . . . People usually do not survive long without hope. They cannot, because hope is the very heart of a human being.” Michael Downey “Hope is precisely what we have when we do not have something. Hope is not the same thing as optimism that things will go our way, or turn out well. It is rather the certainty that something makes sense, is worth the cost, regardless of how it might turn out.” Michael Downey “When tragedy strikes, when trouble comes, when life disappoints us, we stand at the crossroads between hope and despair, torn and hurting. Despair cements us in the present. Hope sends us dancing around dark corners trusting in a tomorrow we cannot see because of the multiple pasts of life which we cannot forget." Joan D. Chittister