Words of Hope During COVID-19
James A. Harnish, author of Extraordinary Ministry in Ordinary Time, tells of Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York. In this epicenter of the coronavirus, a baby was born, a gift of hope in a time of despair.
Over the last few months, family and friends of The Upper Room have been sharing how they are creating daily life with God during these strange times. If you have found these videos to be meaningful, we invite you to subscribe to our YouTube Channel.
After more than forty years of praying, I still do not understand prayer. I get up many mornings and go to my place of devotion with no sense that my praying makes any difference. This does not mean that I go there reluctantly or discouraged; it simply means I go there realizing that prayer will always be bigger than me and beyond me. I pray realizing that I am not the one in charge. I also find that the older I get, the more content I am to leave some situations in the realm of mystery and wonder.
—Steve Harper, Talking in the Dark: Praying When Life Doesn’t Make Sense (Upper Room Books, 2007)
What enables you to persevere in prayer? Join the conversation.
Rejoice in hope, be patient in suffering, persevere in prayer.
—Romans 12:12 (NRSV)
Prayer for the Week
God! Please hurry to my rescue!
Yahweh, come quickly to my side!
—from Psalm 70
Submit your prayer to The Upper Room.
No matter what we are feeling —distress, trust, anger, or delight— we find the words of the Psalms accompany us into God’s presence. Pray with the Psalms.
(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)
- Acts 2:1-21 or Numbers 11:24-30
Psalm 104:24-34, 35b
- 1 Corinthians 12:3b-13
- John 20:19-23 or 7:37-39
Looking for lectionary-based resources? Learn more about The Upper Room Disciplines.