During the early stages of honest recognition of our pain and despair (in which we will likely identify other emotions and struggles), we may feel alone, hurt, or misunderstood; we may even consider giving up altogether. We tell ourselves that no one really cares or understands. Sometimes even God seems distant!
At stressful times like these, we can remind ourselves that other persons of great personal faith have felt the same way.
—John R. Wimmer, Blessed Endurance: Moving Beyond Despair to Hope (Upper Room Books, 2018)
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How long, O LORD? Will you forget me forever?
How long will you hide your face from me?
—Psalm 13:1 (NRSV)
Prayer for the Week
Healing God, when we feel alone, hurt, or misunderstood, assure us of your presence and companionship as you guide us toward a more abundant life. Amen. Submit your prayer to The Upper Room.
“Hymns embed faith into the marrow of the soul,” Rev. Dr. James C. Howell writes in Unrevealed Until Its Season: A Lenten Journey with Hymns. Howell believes in the power of song to teach spiritual truths. His newest book takes us on a 40-day journey through well-loved hymns. Learn more here.
(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)
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