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.

Shadows, Darkness, and Dawn

A Lenten Journey with Jesus

Thomas R. Steagald • November 2010

BUY Print $7.99

How will you make more room for God in your life this Lent? Let Thomas Steagald be your travel guide as you journey through Lent with Jesus.

Steagald skillfully moves you from being a mere observer to becoming an actual participant in the scripture stories. You'll enter the wilderness with Jesus. Later, you'll meet some of the people who are touched by Jesus:

  • Nicodemus
  • the woman at the well
  • the man who was born blind
  • Mary and Martha after the death of their brother, Lazarus
  • religious and government leaders

Perhaps you'll find some similarities between these people's spiritual journeys and your own. As Jesus bravely enters the thickening shadows of conflict and rejection, you'll be led to explore shadows in your life. You'll discover the power of Christ's love to set you free from sin and the fear of darkness.

Each of the six chapters contains six daily readings that end with thought-provoking questions or calls to action. Day 7 of each chapter encourages you to rest and reflect on the week's theme, and to pray for yourself and others.

An ideal resource for individual or group reflection.

6 weeks • Includes Leader's Guide

Categories: Lent
Thomas R. Steagald is pastor of Hawthorne Lane United Methodist Church in Charlotte, North Carolina. The author of 5 books, he has also contributed to many journals and commentaries. Steagald serves as the spiritual director for the Central Carolinas Emmaus Community. He is a regular blogger for The Christian Century at www.theolog.org.

ISBN: 978-0-8358-1032-6

Imprint: Upper Room

Pub Date: November 2010

Trim Size: 6 in (w) x 9 in (h) x in (d)

Page Count: 160

BISAC Categories: RELIGION / Holidays / Easter & Lent

BISAC1: REL034030



By tracing Jesus’ journey to the cross, and the journeys of people who confront Jesus—like Nicodemus and the Samaritan woman—Thomas Steagald helps us understand our own Lenten journeys. And he helps us on the way. A rich resource for Lenten reflection and for a deeper Christian life. –David Bartlett Professor of New Testament Columbia Theological Seminary Decatur, Georgia

By consistently focusing on the biblical stories, Thomas Steagald slowly walks with us through Lent in this honest, poetic, and often disruptive meditation. This book is not "about" God's activity but holds the hot coals of the living God before us and asks, "So what do you see?" –John A. Simmons Director of Ministerial Services and Spiritual Formation North Georgia Conference, The United Methodist Church