Words of Hope During COVID-19
Mary Lou Redding, an Upper Room Books author and the former editorial director of The Upper Room daily devotional guide, describes how spiritual practices have sustained her over the years. Going into the COVID-19 self-isolation, she thought that she would be fine—but one week in, she realized she was in trouble. Listen as she discusses the surprising companion she discovered.
Tears are an important way for us to find release from the pain of our loss. Some people would advise us to give up our pain and get on with our lives. They believe the cure for grieving is just deciding that you are over it. My experience suggests that pain and sadness are not something we can choose to surrender so easily. Pain has to give up on us. Tears are a way of helping us rinse out our souls so that the sadness releases its grip on us.
—Dan Moseley, Lose, Love, Live: The Spiritual Gifts of Loss and Change (Upper Room Books, 2011)
What tears do you need to release in order to find healing? Join the conversation.
My tears have been my food
day and night,
while people say to me continually,
“Where is your God?”
—Psalm 42:3 (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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