Spiritual Practice


Laura Richmond & Libby Criswell

Springing into the air to catch a Frisbee. Playing the fiddle with his siblings at a Christmas concert. Taking time to talk to visitors at his church. That is how I see Paul. Athletic. Musical. Kind.

Then one day I receive a message from his sister, and the words testicular cancer seem to rip through my picture of Paul. “Why, Lord? He is so young. He has his life before him. How could you allow cancer to break him like this?”

Suddenly, I realize that God looks at Paul and sees not brokenness, but strength. Paul’s body is shattered, but his soul is shatterproof. And Paul continues to radiate the joy and peace that only God can give in the midst of devastating circumstances.

—Laura Richmond, 18


You, Lord, give perfect peace to those who keep their purpose firm and put their trust in you.
Isaiah 26:3 (GNT)

LIVE EVERY MOMENT: My good friend died unexpectedly at the age of 14. Grieving for her, I realized something I had never considered before: I too would die one day. Facing my own mortality was scary, but it prompted me to trust God in a deeper way. It also challenged me to live my life to the fullest. Are you making the most of every moment?

—Libby Criswell, 18

—from devozine (January/February 2020). Copyright © 2019 by The Upper Room®. All rights reserved.

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