Words of Hope During COVID-19
Susan Carol Scott, author of Still Praying After All These Years, talks about two ways she has connected with God during COVID-19. One way is to carry a seashell, and the other is to pray a breath prayer. Scott teaches us a breath prayer she often uses.
I am functioning well in my outer life, but in the secret recesses of my being, I feel messy and sad. I yearn for healing to penetrate the depths of my being. I hold the hope that the risen Lord will guide me out of the shadows while also sensing a need to stay inside the transforming cocoon for a while longer. The time required to emerge from deep grief will be different for each of us. God understands and will stay beside us…as we journey through our time of mourning.
—Nell E. Noonan, A Widow’s Prayer: Finding God’s Grace in the Days Ahead (Upper Room Books, 2015)
In times of mourning, what assurance do you need from God? Join the conversation.
“Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.”
—Matthew 5:4 (NRSV)
Prayer for the Week
God, help me listen to—and learn from—what you are teaching my heart today.
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