Moving Forward

I’m feeling like I can move forward. I’m beginning to feel that these difficultcircumstances will end soon. I want to celebrate and focus on my future.But then I feel guilty and feel that I’m betrayingthe people who have died. Life has recognizable seasons, cycles,and rhythms. It doesn’t stop for very long. When the chaos of […]

No More!

I’ve had it! I can’t concentrate on anything. It’s so hard to remember what people are trying to tell me. I’m utterly exhausted, but I can’t sleep. I feel so nauseous I can’t eat. I’m irritated with everyone and impatient about everything. I just want it all to go away! Dealing with disaster or crisis […]

Security in Chaos

Every day brings new changes in life. Nothing—not even going out to buy bread or milk—is as simple as it used to be. Everything is in chaos. I’m becoming afraid of what tomorrow might bring. What will happen if I can’t get food or medicine? Will life ever return to normal? Wherever you live in […]

Gloom Lifting.

The fears and losses of the pandemic are still with me, but some days I feel the gloom lifting. The little pleasures in life are coming back. I look for a beautiful sunrise or sunset. I go outside to inhale the rain-freshened air after a storm. I welcome a call from a friend and laugh […]

Disconnected from God?

I feel as if God is far away; cold and unfeeling. Is he ignoring me? Is he too busy with other things? Does he still care? I feel so alone. It would really help to know thatGod hasn’t abandoned me in my time of need. From beginning to end, the Bible is the story ofGod’s […]

Feeling Vulnerable

So much has happened—and things continue to happen.  I can’t stop the onslaught of bad news. I can’t even protect and provide for my home and family. I feel so powerless and vulnerable. The world doesn’t seem safe anymore. One reason pandemics are frightening is because they are beyond our control. We may know what’s […]

Dare to Hope!

As this crisis continues, it sometimes feels hopeless and impossible to go on. The things I used to look forward to are gone, and I don’t know what to hope for in the future. I keep thinking of that old saying: Life is hard and then you die. But I have a different take on […]

Alone in Grief

My heart aches! People are losing their jobs and maybe their homes. Students are missing out on future opportunities. Some business owners have lost their income and their life savings. And the loss of life is terrible. Even worse, we can’t be there for one another. I’m so discouraged I sometimes don’t know how to […]

Finding Joy in Life

Why did I live when others died? The pandemic is so random. No one could predict who would get sickand who wouldn’t. No one expected vulnerable people to survivewhile young, healthy people died. Life seems so fragile now. We may want it to be different, but life isfragile. It doesn’t come with guaranteesof happiness or […]

Living Well

It’s been hard to live well during the COVID-19pandemic. Even the routine, everyday tasks ofliving aren’t the same. Just when I think I have it allfigured out, things change again. I’ve always been able to reach out and help others,but right now I don’t know what people need orwhat I can do to help them. […]

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Weekly Devotion

  • Moving Forward I’m feeling like I can move forward. I’m beginning to feel that these difficultcircumstances will end soon. I want to celebrate and focus on my future.But then I feel guilty and feel that I’m betrayingthe people who have died. Life has recognizable seasons, cycles,and rhythms. It doesn’t stop for very long. When the chaos of thispandemic has passed, this poem from the Bible willremind us that there will be a time for mourning,healing, remembering, and eventually a time to steptoward the future. There is a time for everything,and a season for every activity under the heavens:a time to be born… Read more