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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

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.

Texting Through Cancer

Ordinary Moments of Community, Love, and Healing

Jan Woodard • March 2021

BUY Print $17.99

When author Jan Woodard requested prayer after her breast cancer diagnosis, her texts, email, and mail were flooded with encouraging notes that inspired her to write about her journey through treatment. As she wrote a weekly column for her local newspaper, Woodard discovered that writing kept her from self-pity by helping her focus on others and shift from fear to faith.

In Texting Through Cancer, Woodard shares the peace she found in surrendering her cancer to God. Through 42 reflections she offers practical ways to find beauty in ordinary moments. Woven throughout her meditations are 12 spiritual practices that challenge readers to explore their own faith more deeply.

This book extends hope to those who wonder how to live fully today when uncertainty overshadows tomorrow. Readers will discover how to pay attention to small signs of God's faithfulness, savor the gifts each day brings, and receive assurance that "all will be well" when they trust their tomorrows to God.


Jan Woodard wrote a weekly column, “Texting Thru Cancer,” for the Indiana Gazette from May 2016–April 2017. She also maintained a weekly blog, “All Shall Be Well,” at janwoodard.com. A lifelong learner, Jan earned a BA in social science education and an MA in adult and community education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She was working toward a certificate in spiritual formation at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, earned her master’s degree at age 60, and worked for five years as the director of activities at St. Andrew’s Village, a large long-term care facility. She was a staff writer for the Western Pennsylvania Conference of The United Methodist Church for 10 years. Jan enjoyed friends and family, walking, swimming, kayaking, and herb gardening. Sadly, she died during the production of this book.

ISBN: 978-0-8358-1950-3

Kindle ISBN: 978-0-8358-1951-0

EPub ISBN: 978-0-8358-1952-7

Imprint: Upper Room Books

Pub Date: March 2021

Trim Size: 5.5 x 8.5

Page Count: 176

BISAC Categories: RELIGION / Christian Living / Devotional

BISAC1: REL012020

BISAC2: REL012040

BISAC3: HEA039030