Spiritual Practice


Kelsie Elsa Obregon & Kathy Tappana

I lost someone who was important to me, who knew me better than anyone else, with whom I felt safe. I seek God, but I do not find God. I feel as if I am waiting in darkness. I am empty, fragile, numb. I want to give up, but God’s love won’t let me.

God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.
Psalm 46:1 NIV

I may not feel God here with me; but I know that God is always present, molding me into the person I was created to be. I may feel as if time has stopped; but God is telling me to breathe, to step back, and to see what God has in store for me. My anger, my fear, my depression may last for a while; my “weeping may stay for the night, but rejoicing comes in the morning” (Psalm 30:5b, NIV).

Kelsie Elsa Obregon, 17


PRAY THE SCRIPTURE: During difficult times, I have felt fear verging on panic and wondered, Where is God, and why isn’t God helping me? I have put together words from Proverbs 3:5 and Deuteronomy 6:5: “I will trust in the Lord my God with all my heart, with all my soul, and with all my might.” When I am afraid, I silently say them over and over again until my heart rate and breathing slow, my muscles relax, and I realize that God will help me face whatever happens.

Kathy Tappana

-from devozine (September/October 2013). Copyright © 2013 by The Upper Room®. All rights reserved.
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