Words of Hope during COVID-19
Stephen Bryant, publisher of The Upper Room, reflects on how the Holy Spirit can help us build community in a time of forced isolation.
Despite constant talk of the value of peace, we find very little in this world. Both our public and personal lives reflect our tragic lack of peace—spiraling cycles of violence, unhealthy addictions, and destructive tensions that divide families, communities, and countries. We are far better at loving the idea of peace than at making peace within the realities of our lives.
So our need for peace cries out to heaven as one of the deepest yearnings of the human heart. … We long for God’s shalom that the ancient prophets proclaim.
—Trevor Hudson, Pauses for Lent: 40 Words for 40 Days (Upper Room Books, 2015)
How are you creating daily life with God during these times of uncertainty and isolation? Join the conversation.
Happy are people who make peace, because they will be called God’s children.
—Matthew 5:9 (CEB)
Prayer for the Week
Our Father, who is in heaven, give me the bread I need today.
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(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)
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