TransformationNew Every Morning | May 12, 2020
Words of Hope During COVID-19
Marie C. King, a United Methodist deacon and faith community nurse, talks about what she has done during sheltering at home when the silence of solitude gets too loud.
In the moment, I have a keen awareness that transformation occurs only through heartrending struggle. Yet our moments of grief and struggle are just that—moments. They don’t last. We live in them, change comes, and we move on. The God of our past and the God of our future is here, wherever the moment finds us.
—Nell E. Noonan, A Widow’s Prayer: Finding God’s Grace in the Days Ahead (Upper Room Books, 2015)
How might God be using the current moment to transform you? Join the conversation.
Do not fear, for I am with you,
do not be afraid, for I am your God;
I will strengthen you, I will help you,
I will uphold you with my victorious right hand.
—Isaiah 41:10 (NRSV)
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God, help me listen to—and learn from—what you are teaching my heart today.
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I don’t know HOW He is using this current moment, but I do know He IS using this current moment to continue His transformation in me. This utterly different time – is a sweet respite, a complete change from the hecticness, the life-suck of energy, the intensity of my family’s struggles. I do think of this quite a bit – how utter chaos and just survival day to day (it seemed like) to now a foreign, but welcome pace, an utter expanse to linger, so much freedom of when and how to complete schoolwork (no bells!!). I treasure Zoom interactions with small group and support groups. He is using it and I am leaning in.
As I read your post from yesterday, Ally – a thought came to mind…something a wise “elderly” lady from my small group says…”there are two answers to our prayers…He says ‘yes’ or He says ‘My grace is sufficient for you,'” I love that…love, love, love. I believe He wants that to be our great trust. As difficulties linger, even multiply – He is still enough, always enough. May you and David know this deeply in the days ahead. Grateful for the blessings He is provided with needed equipment.
I too don’t know how God is using the current moment to transform me. Perhaps today’s ask questions Bible study will provide the answer. I do think I have adapted to the stay-home social distancing rather easily. Keep finding things to do. I also agree with the wise “elderly” lady’s comments on prayer answers. God is always there, through thick and thin, and definitely more than enough.
Continuous prayers for the great variety of needs everyone has. God is in control despite what appears to be a topsy turvy situation. God is with us in the here and now and in the ever after. “Do not be afraid.”
Thankful for better transportation and the means to contact many people via technology.Imagine if that was not possible. Thank You, Lord.
I know I am more aware of my surroundings and other people. I appreciate nature more and I notice the little changes the spring is bringing. I am more appreciative of others as well as the little blessings of each day.
Prayers for Jill and hernew slow paced life, may she be able to take some of this forward.
Prayers for Robert, for his thankfulness for transportaopn needs met and technology aiding “socializing” through this time.
Prayers for Ally and David, prayers of thanks for the generosity of others in donating needed equipment. Prayers for other needs to be met prior to Friday’s arrival home. Prayers of thanks for the upcoming homecoming. May all go well and may Ally find strength in the Lord.
Prayers for Rick and his husband, may he continue to learn well online and remaincaught up in his studies.
Prayers for Andrea and her daughter’s family, may all stay connected no matter the physical distance.
h still has not returned to work and I am beginning to think he will not. My nerves are frayed and I do not know how to deal with this new situation. The roofers will return today as the weather has hampered them for several days.
Prayers, thank you and good health dear UR
God has used my current situation to motivate me to rely on God. I lean on God as I never have, even through other difficult times and periods of grief, My faith in God is more solid. When David entered ICU and placed on a ventilator and I could not be with him and was self-isolating myself, I felt stripped of everything. I was not alone, though I was without human physical contact. Family and friends helped me with things I needed, sent texts and Facebook messages. They prayed. I used technology to connect with our church family through online services, prayer times, and music. I had the company of my kitties. They were great comfort and truly helped me feel not so alone. I have
looked forward to meeting my UR friends each day and taking part in the devotions and meditations. So many times the videos from UR authors and staff had a word for me that was just what I needed. David is the steadiest, most stable of men. It is difficult to admit, but I took that stability for granted. I was thankful, but God worked in my heart so that I do not take him and his goodness for granted. I thank my UR friends for all your prayers. We have a ways to go on this journey. I’m so thankful y’all are traveling with us! Jill and Julie, thank you for your prayers and encouraging words. Be blessed, all!