About the author

Beth-Jack-BruceBiography

Beth A. Richardson is an ordained deacon in the Rocky Mountain Conference of The United Methodist Church. She serves at The Upper Room as managing editor of Alive Now magazine and Weavings: A Journal of the Christian Spiritual Life.

Beth is the author of two Advent books: Child of the Light (Upper Room Books, 2005) and The Uncluttered Heart (Upper Room Books, 2009).

Beth received her master of divinity degree from Vanderbilt Divinity School in Nashville, Tennessee. A native Oklahoman and preacher’s kid, she is a musician, worship leader, photographer, cartoonist, and writer.

Beth has the honor of sharing her life with Jack, an unusually wise Scottish terrier who blogs at jackthescottie.com. Beth blogs at betharichardson.com.

Motivations

“Often the blessings came to me early in the morning as I walked the dog. Images or words would surface in my mind and weave their way into prayers. I shared these blessings on my blog and began to imagine a collection of prayers surrounding the ordinary experiences of our ordinary lives. “As I read books, trying to learn about Celtic spirituality, I began to realize this way of living—observing and celebrating, blessing and being blessed by the ordinary acts and encounters of life—is who I am, is part of my clay. Perhaps it’s the peat-laden clay of Scariff in County Clare, Ireland, the birthplace of my great-grandmother, Margaret Griffin. And my way of living—of watching bare branches of a tree against the glowing sky of morning, of sitting in the backyard and listening to the song of the tree frogs, of giving my life to God each morning and thanking God for the day in the evening—is a Celtic way, full of praise, gratitude, and blessings. This way of living, this “blessing way,” was passed down to me from great-great-grandmother, Mary Tuohy; through

“As I read books, trying to learn about Celtic spirituality, I began to realize this way of living—observing and celebrating, blessing and being blessed by the ordinary acts and encounters of life—is who I am, is part of my clay. Perhaps it’s the peat-laden clay of Scariff in County Clare, Ireland, the birthplace of my great-grandmother, Margaret Griffin. And my way of living—of watching bare branches of a tree against the glowing sky of morning, of sitting in the backyard and listening to the song of the tree frogs, of giving my life to God each morning and thanking God for the day in the evening—is a Celtic way, full of praise, gratitude, and blessings. This way of living, this “blessing way,” was passed down to me from great-great-grandmother, Mary Tuohy; through great grandmother, Margaret Teresa Griffin; my grandfather, Thomas Wilfred Wilson; and my mother, Margaret Elizabeth Richardson.”

– From the Preface

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