The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
— Psalm 23:1-4 (KJV)
In a time when COVID-19 seems to be on the news more than the good in the world, it easy to forget that good things happen. We forget that God is still with us. As a college student, it is hard to think of God in the midst of the chaos of online classes. The courses take away the attention from prayer, worship, and God's presence. But God is still here, protecting us from dangers we may not even know about. God is helping us rest in our homes for our good and the good of the Earth. It is a rest we may not want but one we all need. God is using this time for healing. We must not be afraid of what is happening. God is here for us. We need to continue keeping God in our mind. God is with us always.
Prayer: Dear God, let us keep you with us in our times of need. Let us know that you will protect us through the hardest times. Amen.
Eryn Sorrells (Tennessee, USA)
Joining friends at The Upper Room in morning prayer on Facebook Live has been an anchor in the storm during recent weeks. In the chaos of trying to figure out how to do ministry in strange and uncertain times, it was a compelling call to stop, breathe, listen, and be in community with those who gather "where the world meets to pray." Join us each day for morning prayer.