The Upper Room Daily Devotional 11th September 2022: Holding Fast

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Read The Upper Room Daily Devotional 11th September 2022 Message by Christine Adhikari (Georgia, USA)

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TOPIC: Holding Fast

TODAY’S READING
2 Corinthians 4:7-12, 16-18

We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. – Romans 8:28 (NIV)

The Upper Room Daily Devotional 11th September 2022 MESSAGE

As a young child, I was diagnosed with several conditions affecting my eyes, joints, and blood vessels. Despite a childhood full of medical appointments and eye surgeries, I eventually lost sight in my right eye. Forty years later, it is by God’s grace that I have any vision at all.

Honestly, all that I’ve gone through sometimes seems a bit senseless, and I don’t feel like my faith has been strengthened as a result. I am thankful for God’s blessings; but while scripture says we should have patience in suffering (see Rom. 12:12), I just want the surgeries and pain to end.

My perspective widened when I joined a prison ministry a year ago. As I nervously shared my story in front of a gymnasium full of women, everyone was silent and I couldn’t see any faces. But by the time I reached the end, there were shouts of “Amen!” and “Hallelujah!” Women came to hug me afterward with tears in their eyes.

Perhaps when suffering does not refine our own faith it can offer inspiration for others. While I may not feel like my faith has grown because of my health, I have not abandoned it. Rather, I hold on to faith despite my trials. And maybe that’s what really matters.

TODAY’S PRAYER
Dear Lord, in spite of our suffering and trials, help us to hold steadfastly on to you. Empower us to share our stories so our vulnerability may be a gift to others. Amen.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
Even when my pain feels senseless, I can share hope through vulnerability.

PRAYER FOCUS
Those living with chronic illness

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