As we consider life’s difficulties and challenges, we may lean into God’s strength. As we ponder the seemingly insurmountable burdens of grief, poverty, or broken relationships, we may take solace in the promise that these mountains can be encountered and crossed. Or as we consider any dark time or any difficult experience we may face, it is helpful to know that these times will not last forever. God will see us through.
—Todd Outcalt, Let Us Go Now to Bethlehem: Daily Devotions for Advent and Christmas (Upper Room Books, 2020)
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“Every valley shall be lifted up, and every mountain and hill be made low;
the uneven ground shall become level, and the rough places a plain.”
—Isaiah 40:4 (NRSVUE)
Prayer for the Week
Creator God, as you have made all things, I know you are still creating in me too. You are not finished working on me. Thank you for your patience throughout the seasons of my life, and I pray that I may offer beauty, comfort, relief, joy, and strength to those I encounter today. Help me to rely upon your counsel through all of the adversity of my life. Amen.
—Prayer by Todd Outcalt
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