Words of Hope During COVID-19
Author Sharon Seyfarth Garner’s chosen word for 2020 is still. In a moving reflection she reminds us God is still with us, and we are still beloved.
When I lost confidence in the words that had been my life, I was driven into a wilderness of silence. But it was there that I realized how limited my experience of God was. I had understood God to be word. In the midst of the empty desert of silence and despair, I discovered that God is also silence—God is not only what fills space, but God is also the space that is filled. Emptiness creates space for new and expanding life.
—Dan Moseley, Lose, Love, Live: The Spiritual Gifts of Loss and Change (Upper Room Books, 2011)
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He said, “Go out and stand on the mountain before the LORD, for the LORD is about to pass by.” Now there was a great wind, so strong that it was splitting mountains and breaking rocks in pieces before the LORD, but the LORD was not in the wind; and after the wind an earthquake, but the LORD was not in the earthquake; and after the earthquake a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire; and after the fire a sound of sheer silence.
—1 Kings 19:11-12 (NRSV)
Prayer for the Week
Loving God, gather us together and bring us comfort like a mother hen gathers her chicks under her wings.
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(Courtesy of Vanderbilt Divinity Library)
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