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Christ Beside Me, Christ Within Me

Christ Beside Me, Christ Within Me

Celtic Blessings  

by Beth A. Richardson
Prayer Spiritual Practice

Many Christians long to sense God's presence in their everyday lives but don't know how. Inspired by the ancient form of prayer practiced by the Celtic people, Beth Richardson offers a multitude of short prayers—blessings—that embrace every aspect of daily life.

A sense of joy about ordinary moments of the day pervades this book. Many of the blessings came to Richardson during one of her daily activities—walking her dogs. As she welcomed the day, she thought about celebrations, challenges, and other situations people she loved were facing.

The result is a lovely collection of prayers that recognize God's presence in each moment, from waking to sleeping, from birth to death. The blessings will help readers acknowledge the richness of the gifts of life; express their feelings about special moments such as births, marriages, and graduations; offer words to pray during times of struggle; and give them a way to pray for the world and all its people.


  • Short, simple prayers to read aloud or memorize
  • Organized for simple accessibility
  • Digital versions feature color photography

Beth A. Richardson serves as the director of prayer and Upper Room worship life at The Upper Room and is also dean of The Upper Room Chapel. 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 and


In this exquisite weaving of story and Celtic prayers, traditional and new, Beth Richardson gently calls us to a life of blessing, a life in which the tender, gracious presence of God is sung, beheld, and received. Richardson's prayers honor the Celtic tradition, yet also call the reader to craft personal blessing prayers, written for all times and all seasons.
—Mary C. Earle
Episcopal priest and author of *Celtic Christian Spirituality**

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