Doubt is nothing of which to be ashamed or which causes God to turn from us. Doubt is a speed bump on the spiritual journey, and some of us have more speed bumps to cross than others. And yet, while acknowledging this condition, an invitation to resist getting comfortable with our doubts remains. Perhaps at this point we are thankfully reminded that God does not call us to journey alone. In our season of doubt it can help to remember that we have a community of persons behind us, praying, waiting to hear of our spiritual experiences, hoping to share their own stories and learning to hobble together toward deepening belief.
—Enuma Okoro, Silence and Other Surprising Invitations of Advent (Upper Room Books, 2012)
Who has encouraged you during seasons of doubt? Join the conversation.
Let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds.
—Hebrews 10:24 (NIV)
Prayer for the Week
As we wait, Transforming God, prepare our hearts to receive you.
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For many people, this time of year brings up feelings of loneliness, anxiety, grief, and despair. Join us to pray for those in need, or share your own prayer request at The Upper Room Prayer Wall.
(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)
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