Sometimes an escape into the church for shelter or sanctuary is valid; it may provide relationships and a place where we can leave behind, even if only temporarily, the trials of daily living. Or we may find an answer to a specific problem in prayer or find closer communion with God. This kind of embrace of the church in times of trouble differs greatly from escaping the world, looking for a place to hide. Faith is not an escape!
—John R. Wimmer, Blessed Endurance: Moving Beyond Despair to Hope (Upper Room Books, 2018)
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He heals the brokenhearted,
and binds up their wounds.
—Psalm 147:3 (NRSV)
Prayer for the Week
Healing God, when we feel alone, hurt, or misunderstood, assure us of your presence and companionship as you guide us toward a more abundant life. Amen. Submit your prayer to The Upper Room.
“Hymns embed faith into the marrow of the soul,” Rev. Dr. James C. Howell writes in Unrevealed Until Its Season: A Lenten Journey with Hymns. Howell believes in the power of song to teach spiritual truths. His newest book takes us on a 40-day journey through well-loved hymns. Learn more here.
(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)
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