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.

Prayers for Life’s Ordinary and Extraordinary Moments

Compiled and Edited by Mary Lou Redding

Mary Lou Redding • March 2012

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Sometimes our prayers flow easily, and we talk to God just as naturally as we would to a dear friend. But sometimes we can't find words to express our thoughts, no matter how hard we try.

What can you do when you can't pray, or when you need a prayer for a specific occasion but don't know where to begin? You can turn to the prayers of other Christians to carry you into God's presence.

Prayers for Life's Ordinary and Extraordinary Moments is a unique collection of prayers that give you words to pray in those times when you can't find words of your own.

The honest, heartfelt prayers, written by staff members of The Upper Room and the General Board of Discipleship, address such categories as:

  • For the People We Love
  • Birthdays and Milestones
  • The Cry for Justice
  • Loss and Grief
  • In Uncertain Times
  • Asking for Healing
  • Facing Our Own and Others' Imperfections
  • Spiritual Searching
  • Gratitude for Ordinary Miracles

"Being able to pray is a privilege and a gift," Mary Lou Redding writes. "This collection is a gift to us for the times we need someone to help us say what we want to say to God."

Through this book, you will learn how to touch the heart of God when you can't articulate your own prayers.

Categories: Prayer
Mary Lou Redding is interested in many disciplines — art, literature, music, science, philosophy, religion, politics. She is a writer, a thinker, a feminist, a loving mother and grandmother, an outspoken and direct person. She loves to bake and cook, creating her own recipes. She designs and sews clothes, watches Star Trek in all its versions, roots for the Atlanta Braves, and plays word games at every opportunity. From hardy, hillbilly stock, Mary Lou is in the first generation of her family to be born outside Kentucky since her great- [x 20] grandfather George Gideon Ison came to Letcher County in the early 1700s. Her hillbilly heritage of fierce independence and hard work is sometimes evident in negative ways. She is one of seven children and has over 50 first cousins. Mary Lou’s only child, an adult daughter, is the mother of her two nearly perfect granddaughters, Rosalie and Arianwyn. Spending time with them and with other younger members of her huge extended family brings Mary Lou great joy. Before becoming an editor and writer, Mary Lou taught basic and advanced prose writing and business communication on the college level. Teaching — both writing and the Bible — is one of her great loves. Mary Lou has a master of arts degree in rhetoric and writing and worked professionally as a writer and editor for many years, retiring as editorial director of The Upper Room magazine in 2012. Of all the writing and editing projects she has been part of, Mary Lou most treasures helping to create the Spiritual Formation Bible, published in 1999 by Zondervan and republished in 2007 by Upper Room Books as the Meeting God Bible. One of her major interests is the intersection of personality and spirituality, and she is certified to administer and interpret the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, a personality-preference inventory. Mary Lou completed the Academy for Spiritual Formation, an intensive, two-year experiential and academic program in Christian spirituality.

ISBN: 978-0-8358-1089-0

Kindle ISBN: 978-0-8358-1097-5

EPub ISBN: 978-0-8358-1164-4

Imprint: Upper Room

Pub Date: March 2012

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

Page Count: 112

BISAC Categories: RELIGION / Christian Living / Prayer

BISAC1: REL012080