Jori Hanna & Tynea Lewis

I tried to teach myself how to run once. My attempts resulted in hip pain and knee problems. Physically, I am not a natural runner. But emotionally, I could be an Olympian. Often I run from my feelings until I can be alone. My instinct is to make sure no one sees me as weak or vulnerable.

Vulnerability, however, can create space for community. When I open up about the things that scare me, I often find that I am not alone. Rather than running away to deal with my pain alone, being vulnerable creates an opportunity for God to show me love through the people around me.

—Jori Hanna, 21


For Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
2 Corinthians 12:10 (NIV)

PRAY: Lord, I admit that sometimes I want to run when I face hard times. Turning my back and running away is easier, but I know that’s not always what you want. Sometimes you want me to stay and fight. Sometimes you want me to speak into a situation. But I am scared. Give me courage to confront the things I’m running from. Amen.

—Tynea Lewis

—from devozine (May/June 2019). Copyright © 2019 by The Upper Room®. All rights reserved.

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