Words of Hope During COVID-19
Kristen E. Vincent, author of A Bead and a Prayer, and several other books, talks about her practice of repeating a short phrase over and over to comfort herself and move from head to heart knowledge.
Praying to a God we cannot see is tremendously difficult. It’s even challenging when we pray and get what we asked for. We still are not given an explanation of how our prayers were answered, and we are left to wonder if the same thing would have happened even if we had not prayed. And worse, when our prayers are not answered as we hoped, we can’t make an appointment with God to find out why. In either case, talking to an invisible God keeps us dwelling in the land of mystery.
—Steve Harper, Talking in the Dark: Praying When Life Doesn’t Make Sense (Upper Room Books, 2007)
Have you ever wished you could make an appointment with God? Join the conversation.
No one has ever seen God.
God the only Son,
who is at the Father’s side,
has made God known.
—John 1:18 (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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