Although the Bible often offers us inspiration and comfort, it also gives us a glimpse into the loneliness and suffering of others. The Bible contains many examples of great figures of faith expressing their feelings of dissatisfaction with pain and suffering and confessing how they feel alone in despair. But none of these examples is more powerful than Jesus’ words on the cross.
—John R. Wimmer, Blessed Endurance: Moving Beyond Despair to Hope (Upper Room Books, 2018)
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He was wounded for our transgressions,
crushed for our iniquities;
upon him was the punishment that made us whole,
and by his bruises we are healed.
—Isaiah 53:5 (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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