Today’s Scripture: Psalm 29
Like any journey, the Christian journey has its challenges. Getting baptized and entering a community of believers does not mean all problems will go away. All of us are still susceptible to illness, depression, anger—the list goes on and on. When we are going through these experiences and searching for God, it can be hard to sense God’s presence. This psalm … lets us know the voice of God can be heard and felt, and it reassures us that God is near.
—F. Douglas Powe Jr., in The Upper Room Disciplines 2023: A Book of Daily Devotions (Upper Room Books, 2022)
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Don’t fear, because I am with you;
don’t be afraid, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you,
I will surely help you;
I will hold you
with my righteous strong hand.
—Isaiah 41:10 (CEB)
Prayer for the Week
All-seeing God, may our words and our actions help others to
see you. May we talk the talk and walk the walk as Christians.
Prayer by F. Douglas Powe Jr.
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This week’s New Every Morning reflections feature excerpts from the current readings in The Upper Room Disciplines 2023. Disciplines provides an opportunity to look more deeply at scripture by offering a week of devotions by a single author on a particular theme. Learn more at UpperRoomBooks.com/disciplines.
(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)
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