AT TIMES WE MUST RELY on the faith of those around us. Have you ever felt like you couldn’t pray? Despair, fatigue, anger, or confusion may have overwhelmed you, and you couldn’t bring yourself to share your heart with God. Have there been times when you felt like you didn’t believe in God? Or in the church? When you didn’t feel worthy of God’s love, healing, or forgiveness?
We all have those moments when our faith feels broken and God seems too far away. That’s okay. God’s grace is so vast that it works even when our faith doesn’t. God’s grace is at work through the ones whose faith is working — the faith of our family members, our friends, our church members, our coworkers, and even strangers who pray for us when we don’t even realize it.
– Kristen E. Vincent
Beads of Healing
From page 99 of Beads of Healing: Prayer, Trauma, and Spiritual Wholeness by Kristen E. Vincent. Copyright © 2016 by Kristen E. Vincent. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.
Pray anonymously for someone this week. Share your thoughts.
But immediately Jesus spoke to them and said, “Take heart, it is I; do not be afraid.”
Matthew 14:27, NRSV
This Week: pray for racial harmony. Submit your prayer to The Upper Room Living Prayer Center or share it in the comment section.
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This week we remember: Clare of Assisi (August 11).
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