It can be difficult to feel God when we are walking in the wildernesses of life. We face scary illnesses in ourselves or others, we mourn the death of a loved one, we struggle with loneliness or depression, and we wonder whether God is present with us. … God is here despite our feelings to the contrary. We declare God’s presence as a statement of faith, an act of surrender, a path of trusting that we are not alone in whatever wilderness we find ourselves.
—Beth A. Richardson, Walking in the Wilderness: Seeking God During Lent (Upper Room Books, 2020)
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God said, “This is the sign of the covenant that I make between me and you and every living creature that is with you, for all future generations: I have set my bow in the clouds, and it shall be a sign of the covenant between me and the earth.”
—Genesis 9:12-13 (NRSV)
Prayer for the Week
O God, help me walk through the wilderness of these days remembering who I am and whose I am. Amen.
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(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)
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