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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

Reprinted 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.

The Uncluttered Heart

Making Room for God During Advent and Christmas

Beth A. Richardson • August 2009

BUY Print $12.99

BUY eBook (Available in ePub or Kindle) $7.99

It's a time when we prepare our lives—hearts, minds, and spirits—for the coming of the Christ child. We sweep out the corners of our hearts, cleaning up the clutter, to make space for God's hope, peace, joy, love, and presence.

The Uncluttered Heart offers four weeks of guided reflection through the weeks of Advent on through Epiphany. Each day provides a

  • quotation
  • scripture passage
  • reflection
  • prayer

This book includes a study guide for groups.


Categories: Advent, Devotional
Beth A. Richardson serves as the director of prayer and the Upper Room worship life and dean of The Upper Room Chapel. She has worked at The Upper Room in various roles, including editor of Alive Now and director of The Upper Room’s website. An Oklahoma native, she is an ordained deacon in the United Methodist Church and is a member of the Mountain Sky Conference. Beth holds a Master of Divinity from Vanderbilt Divinity School and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Oklahoma City University. Follow her writings at betharichardson.com.

ISBN: 978-0-8358-9994-9

Kindle ISBN: 978-0-8358-1306-8

EPub ISBN: 978-0-8358-1307-5

Imprint: Upper Room

Pub Date: August 2009

Trim Size: 5.5 in (w) x 8.5 in (h) x 0.273 in (d)

Page Count: 128

BISAC Categories: RELIGION / Holidays / Christmas & Advent

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Opening the pages of this book is like entering a holy place. You meet wise teachers through their quotes, comforting and challenging biblical texts, simple words for your pocket, prayers for the heart, and Beth who weaves it all together with her own story so we can approach the manger with an uncluttered heart – and kneel.

Larry J. Peacock Executive Director of Rolling Ridge Retreat and Conference Center in North Andover MA (www.rollingridge.org) and author of Openings, A Daybook of Saints, Psalms and Prayer