Words of Hope During COVID-19
Steve Harper, author of this week’s featured book, Talking in the Dark, has been quarantined with his wife in Sevilla, Spain, during the COVID lockdown. The practice he has found most helpful is practicing the presence of God, living in the here and now, enjoying this moment.
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Christianity is not an immunization against disease; it is an insight into life when we are afflicted. We may get hurt, cry out, or become depressed. But we do this as those who believe in a God who is really present, and that our misfortunes matter to him. We cannot escape “the valley of the shadow of death” (Ps. 23:4, NIV), but we do not have to walk through it alone. For reasons we can never fully understand, God may not provide what we ask for, but God will never be absent when we ask for God’s presence.
—Steve Harper, Talking in the Dark: Praying When Life Doesn’t Make Sense (Upper Room Books, 2007)
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The LORD is my light and my salvation;
whom shall I fear?
The LORD is the stronghold of my life;
of whom shall I be afraid?
—Psalm 27:1 (NRSV)
Prayer for the Week
God! Please hurry to my rescue!
Yahweh, come quickly to my side!
—from Psalm 70
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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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