Words of Hope During COVID-19
Shalom R. Agtarap, worship leader for a Two-Year Academy for Spiritual Formation, talks about routines during COVID. Because words sometimes get in the way, she has begun a practice of raising a dish in silence to show gratitude for her meals.
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.
When life is unfair, we are propelled to ask, “Does God understand? Does God care? Does God help?” All three persons of the Trinity respond with a divine “Yes.” The fact that God is a person means God understands. All three persons of the Trinity show that God cares, and all three reveal significant ways God helps. The Trinity takes us into God’s heart even when we cannot understand God’s ways. The most important truth we know about God’s heart is that it is a heart of love.
—Steve Harper, Talking in the Dark: Praying When Life Doesn’t Make Sense (Upper Room Books, 2007)
How does the Trinity help you trust that God understands and cares about you? Join the conversation.
All you people: Trust in him at all times!
Pour out your hearts before him!
God is our refuge!
—Psalm 62:8 (CEB)
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
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