Words of Hope During COVID-19
God promises to be with us wherever we are, says Roger Owens, author of What We Need Is Here. He discusses spiritual practices that help us be open, available, and responsive to the God who is already here.
I am discovering this truth in the midst of the grieving process: I cannot rush through or avoid the desert of sadness and depression. I cannot go around, over, or under it; I must go through it. I am learning to embrace the difficult feelings and to reflect on my loss. Often I don’t sense God’s presence, but when I go deep into my inner sanctuary, at some point, I feel a nudge from God or hear the still, small voice letting me know God is with me every step of the way. Hope and healing are stirred anew.
—Nell E. Noonan, A Widow’s Prayer: Finding God’s Grace in the Days Ahead (Upper Room Books, 2015)
What difficult feelings of loss do you need to embrace, with God’s help, today? Join the conversation.
The LORD is my rock, my fortress, and my deliverer,
my God, my rock in whom I take refuge,
my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.
—Psalm 18:2 (NRSV)
Prayer for the Week
God, help me listen to—and learn from—what you are teaching my heart today.
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