Words of Hope During COVID-19
Wessel Bentley, author of The Miracles of Jesus and other books, compares the COVID lockdown to the biblical story of the disciples sitting in a boat on a storm-tossed lake. Jesus comes to them in their crisis; he will also come to us in the midst of ours.
Sitting alone late last night, I entered a spirit-conversation with my Lord. As I sat there perfectly still in body and mind—not praying, not talking, not thinking, not moving—I felt a soothing calm come over me. It was like I had found a gold mine of peace deep within. In the quiet, love was spoken again and again until my grief was temporarily lifted. I had the strange sensation that I was learning to befriend the emptiness.
—Nell E. Noonan, A Widow’s Prayer: Finding God’s Grace in the Days Ahead (Upper Room Books, 2015)
As you sit quietly with God, what might you receive? Join the conversation.
Wait for the LORD;
be strong, and let your heart take courage;
wait for the LORD!
—Psalm 27:14 (NRSV)
Prayer for the Week
God, help me listen to—and learn from—what you are teaching my heart today.
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