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.

You Gave Me a Wide Place

Holy Places of Our Lives

Paul E. Stroble • October 2006

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"You gave me a wide place for my steps under me, and my feet did not slip."

—Psalm 18:36

Places are part of our personal story and can be important keys to understanding God's presence in our life.

Whether the sacred place lies at the water's edge, in a quiet, small town or in pristine, high-country mountains, all have felt pulled and connected to a spot. Perhaps at the least likely moment you felt touched by God's presence just when you needed it most, even if it was in a mundane, public place.

No matter how remote or ordinary your special place is, God was (and is) already there—waiting to touch your life.

"God not only gives us grace and divine presence but actively creates 'space' in our places and circumstances," writes Stroble. "The heightened sense we experience may be a gift from God or a way by which we're moved to seek God. We'll explore ways God meets us in the places of our lives—guiding, alerting, inspiring, convicting, and providing insight, comfort and understanding."

In You Gave Me a Wide Place, Stroble intersperses personal stories with those about the sacred places of Hagar, Jacob, Paul, Christ, and other biblical figures. The readings and exercises are designed to help us identify where God's presence has "widened" (or made sacred) a place in our own lives.

Included within this book is a 6-week guide with prayers and questions for an enriching small-group study.

Recognize your own places of parables and memories of happiness, strength, grace, and peace—places where God moved you in ways you could not have moved on your own.

Dr. Paul Stroble is adjunct professor at Webster University and Eden Theological Seminary. He is the author of You Gave Me a Wide Place (URB, 2006). A native of Vandalia, Illinois, he has published 21 books altogether; the most recent are four poetry chapbooks published by Finishing Line Press. Paul was a freelance writer for the United Methodist Publishing House for 15 years. He is married to Dr. Beth Stroble, president of Webster University. They and their daughter, Emily, are “crazy cat people.” Paul enjoys writing, book collecting, and spending time with family.

ISBN: 978-0-8358-1002-9

Imprint: Upper Room

Pub Date: October 2006

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

Page Count: 176

BISAC Categories: RELIGION / Christian Living / Personal Growth

BISAC1: REL012070