Suggested Reading from Bishop Hope Morgan Ward


This Day:  A Wesleyan Way of Prayer, by Lawrence Hull Stookey

One of you emailed me recently, asking for a recommendation of a book for private devotional life. I emailed back: This Day.

This Day helped me discover a new rhythm of prayer, silence and meditation. Stookey offers to us a daily rhythm that becomes a rich habit, moving through a cyclical pattern month by month. The end of February marks the first cycle for me. The journey through the cycle of prayers is richer now in March.

The seven prayers for the days of the week are lovely, pointing us toward Sunday as day of worship, with prayers of thanksgiving on Monday for those baptized and for all who were at the Lord’s table and in God’s house, with prayers on Wednesday for mid-times, with prayers later in the week for those who will lead worship on Sunday. The prayer for Sunday is glorious, praising the God who on the first day called forth light, raised Jesus from the dead, and gave the gift of the Holy Spirit.

Prayers and meditation are offered for seasons of the liturgical year and for particular circumstances and needs. My copy is quickly becoming worn as I use it every day. It has been said that written prayers are a great gift, saying what we would have said if we had the words. As I read the prayers of This Day, I find myself over and over thinking, “Yes, that is what I want to say to God!”  I hope you will be richly blessed as you engage this new resource for daily prayer.

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